GREENING PREK TOAL PROJECT
The project aims to bring up to 250 volunteers to Prek Toal in March to plant over 800 trees to regenerate the forest in the second area. This will require approximately US$4,150 - details below.
The flooded forest
This is most important for the villagers who live on the water, because the forests provides a barrier from strong wind, big waves and they enable support and stability for the houses with cables tied to the trees. The flooded forest also provides a safe nesting ground for the unique water birds and fish.
Fire devastated the Prek Toal village and forest In April 2016. There was a lot of damage from a large forest fire of 7000 hectares, affecting many places in the flooded forests around the lake, especially around Prek Toal village, in which houses were severely burnt.
The fires continued to burn for months. There had never been a fire such as this and people were very unprepared. Not only had their village been badly affected their whole future livelihood had been taken away.
So what can we do?
The Greening Prek Toal Project is focused on planting and growing trees in the large area that was burnt, with villagers providing support in Prek Toal. This project aims to keep the unique environment green and also create a sustainable economic and natural environment for the current and future community.
Project Goals for 18th March 2018
1. Engage up to 250 volunteers in the annual Planting event for Greening Prek Toal.
2. Creating awareness of the importance of managing our unique environment
3. Improve the quality and health of the flooded forest and surrounding area by planting trees every year.
4. Create a more sustainable economy for villagers by enhancing their fishing and other activities associated with the water and forest environment.
1. Long-term actions
Conduct one-day annual planting of forest trees for three years 2017-2020
Educate villagers in management of their environment
Promotion of strategy to wider community including Siem Reap and region
2. One-day planting event
We aim to plant at least 800 trees in the second destroyed area near the village. This will make a big contribution to the re-generation of the forest and help the community to regain their environment and their economy.
Of course this comes at a cost. We also require US$4,150 per year to spend for the small trees, transport, accommodate and feed the volunteers and to meet event costs of having such a large group come to Prek Toal.
We seek your support to help our village become strong again.
The forest fire was burned near the village
Journalist from the Khmer Time, came to do interview with the villagers
The forest fire was burned near and around the village
Lower level of water on the Tonle Sap lake
Boat house was destroyed by forest fired
Our small trees
We celebrated the successful completion of our “Greening Prek Toal" Project, held on 26th March 2017.
I am Hoksan AN, on behalf of Prek Toal villagers, I would like to extend my appreciation for the successful completion of our “Greening Prek Toal" Project, held on 26th March 2017. It was a great day.
I would like to say thank you to all donors who supported us to run this project and also to all volunteers who spent their value time and power to re-plant our small trees in Prek Toal. I really appreciate your efforts and support which helped us to complete the project well on time.
The Prek Toal villagers and I would like to thank you again and again; and congratulate you for your generosity and financial supported. Thank you to all 160 volunteers for your hard work with 3 hectares land for planting area.
We hope to continue the project for years of 2018 to 2020. We would love donors to come to Prek Toal and see our trees in the future and join us again when we run the project in the future.
Wishing you all the best and good luck ahead. Below are the photos and video during re-planting on 26th March 2017;
Mon, 7 August 2017, Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon
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កាលពីសប្តាហ៍មុនមានសន្និសីទអន្តរជាតិមួយនៅខេត្តសៀមរាបស្តីអំពីប្រព័ន្ធអេកូឡូស៊ីចរន្តទឹកជំនន់។ សន្និសីទអន្តរជាតិនេះពួកគេបានបង្ហាញពីការព្រួយបារម្ភពីផលប៉ះពាល់ប្រព័ន្ធអេកូឡូស៊ីក្នុងបឹងទន្លេសាប ហើយទស្សនទាននៃការធ្វើគោលនយោបាយដើម្បីការពារ និងថែរក្សាធនធានធម្មជាតិនៅក្នុងប្រទេសកម្ពុជាជារឿងចាំបាច់មួយ។
Share link: http://www.postkhmer.com/ព័ត៌មានជាតិ/អ្នកជំនាញថាបឹងទន្លេសាបកម្ពុជាកំពុងរងការបំផ្លិចបំផ្លាញ-ខណៈប្រព័ន្ធអេកូឡូស៊ីជួបនូវវិបត្តិ
“The outlook for my hometown is rather grim – in large part due to the loss of economic prospects. People in my village are feeling very sad and depressed about their future.
The young people are difficult to motivate and encourage to keep studying and working for a better future.
There has not been any official recognition or support of these issues, either repair of the environment or prevention of future fires. Not only has their village been badly affected, their whole future livelihood has been taken away.”
For more information about the article go to: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weekend/wetland-laid-waste-one-year-after-cambodias-devastating-forest-fires
We are doing everything we can to change our future and to give the village some hope.
Our Greening Prek Toal project is a way of encouraging our villagers to work with partners, sponsors and the bigger international community to help repair our environment and help our young people to have a future.
Here is link for your online donate to continue our re-planting small trees : https://www.gofundme.com/eg-greening-prek-toal-project
“A few charred skeletons of once-proud trees dot the landscape, and while some shrubs remain, creeping vines now dominate the plain.
The vines cut out the light and rapidly draw nutrients from the soil, all of which may handicap the growth of trees.
‘The forest won’t grow back … It’s going to be completely stalled by the plowing and cultivation.
The process of land conversion for agriculture that was already taking place is now vastly accelerated.
The problem is we’re heading for a double whammy – dams are ongoing and Tonle Sap flooded forest destruction is ongoing.’ (Mahood, WCS, Wildlife Conservation Society)
The Greening Prek Toal project brings together Prek Toal villagers, local and wider community members and international sponsors to help the flooded forest recover and provide the best possible environment for our future.
For more information about Greening Prek Toal, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/eg-greening-prek-toal-project
Donations to this project help endangered birds, help their amazing ecosystem , and help the local people who continue to live in their traditional fishing village. Who wouldn't want to do that?