Fauna & Flora has been working on marine conservation in Cambodia since 2010, with a programme of work that has evolved from an initial government request to help establish the country’s first marine protected area, known in Cambodia as a Marine Fisheries Management Area (MFMA). This site was formally designated in June 2016 and takes a multiple-use approach that supports sustainable fishing, biodiversity conservation and tourism.
Our work to date has incorporated baseline biological and socio-economic surveys, monitoring, capacity building, training and awareness raising, as well as management planning. During this time, strong local and national links have been made with communities, fishers, local NGOs and government. The strength of these relationships and the momentum created by the MFMA designation offers an unprecedented opportunity not only to make the site a model of best practice but also to ignite significant change in the management and protection of Cambodia’s marine environment.