MANGROVE CONSERVATION 2017
Open all year, starting on Mondays, every week, participation fee 350€ per week.
- Code : G/CMG/MC2017
- Dispo : 5M / 3F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 99
The aim of this project is to conserve mangrove plantations. The objective is to reverse the trend of removing mangrove sites, which has seen a rapid increase during recent years. This can realistically only be achieved through the education of younger generations, combined with the continual physical work of planting new mangroves. The province of Kampot is slowly emerging as one of Cambodia’s most popular destinations for both domestic and international tourists. Situated in the south-eastern proximity of the country, it offers an abundance of natural attractions. A vital necessity for this is the management of mangrove plantation. Unfortunately, in recent years, numerous mangrove sites have been removed from the river banks. Instead, many locals favour salt plantations, as these offer a greater short-term profit. This has contributed to a severe increase in illegal fishing within the province. To reverse the deforestation of mangroves by planting new ones and educating the younger generations in the importance of conserving them. Your tasks and activities will vary depending on the current needs of the plantation site. There is much more involved to planting than simply placing a seed into the ground, and you will be taken step by step through the process of every activity by local fishermen. We might work on the plantations around the accommodation by repairing young mangroves or head by boat to the nearby delta (20 minutes) to collect seedlings and bring them back to the nursery to plant them. Depending on local conditions, we might also visit pepper plantations (one of Cambodia’s finest resources), organic farms to learn unique techniques and spend time with local villagers by helping them with construction work. Moreover, we also aim to educate the youngsters of the village by teaching them English at the accommodation. This, however, is entirely optional. Weekend You are free to choose what to do during your weekends – it is your free time after all! Many of our participants choose to explore what Cambodia has to offer. However, we do offer an optional itinerary, at no extra cost, where we focus on the poorest members of the Kompot community. We are very proud of our work here, distributing second-hand clothes to the local community. We do provide these clothes, but if you have clothes you would otherwise throw away, please bring them. This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Participants will be staying in traditional riverside overwater bungalows. Bedrooms will be shared between 1 to 2 people per room on a single-gender basis. There are shared toilets and shower with cold water (refreshing in the heat of Kampot). For the more adventurous participants, we can offer an open-plan riverside accommodation. Whilst this is the best way to see the nature of the two options, bringing a mosquito net is a must for this. You will be provided with three meals per day with traditional local flavourings. There is also a shared kitchen which you are welcome to use whenever you feel like!
Located 7 kilometers away from Kampot, the project takes place in a very rural area of Cambodia where you will be able to enjoy nature at its fullest, either by jumping into the river, taking a boat ride to the delta or simply staring at the myriad of stars that light up the sky at night. Refreshments and beverages are sold inside the accommodation. We are located seven kilometers away from the city of Kampot, where you can find numerous ATMs, shops, restaurants, etc. A tuk-tuk can be called to pick you up upon request. We are based in quite a secluded location. However, you can find two traditional Cambodian restaurants within walking distance of the accommodation. This location is right in front of a river, where you can swim, kayak or ride a boat. It is a beautiful area surrounded by nature. On weekends, you can head to Sihanoukville or Phnom Penh, which are a 3 hour taxi ride away.
Program participant criteria: – A good level of physical fitness – Enthusiasm and a passion for making a change – A background in environmental-science or tourism would be advantageous but not necessary. Additional equipment: Malaria precautions. Since our location is based in a Muslim community, we recommend covering your legs and shoulders when you leave the accommodation to show respect. Open all year, starting on Mondays, arrival on Sundays and departure on Saturday morning, participation fee 350€ per week. Program runs Mon-Fri, (free weekends). Reception at PNH (Phnom Penh International Airport) on Sundays (until 3pm).