Fauna & Flora is working with local partners and communities to strengthen the management of Virachey National Park, survey its biodiversity and support the livelihoods of local communities living near the park.
Vanny Lou, Programme Manager for Fauna & Flora in Cambodia, comments: “Virachey National Park is full of incredible species and habitats that are in vital need of protection. But, like any protected area, in order to have any positive impact for nature, people and the climate, Virachey needs to be effectively managed. This camera-trap survey has been essential for helping us to map the presence of target species across the park and will inform our conservation priorities going forward.”
In July 2023, Virachey National Park was expanded from 332,500 to 405,766 hectares, incorporating the biodiversity conservation corridor into the protected area. The survey looked at these two areas separately, and confirmed that the biodiversity corridor still contains notable levels of nature despite its more degraded state, and therefore has conservation value as an expanded area of the park. The biodiversity data has been used to inform the zonation of the whole park.