Cambodia:Collaborative Management for Watershed and Ecosystem Service Protection and Rehabilitation in the Cardamom Mountains, Upper Prek Thnot River Basin

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From June 30, 2017 to December 31, 2020

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.1 Conserve, restore, sustainably use terrestrial, freshwater ecosystems
  2. 15.3 Combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil
  3. 15.2 Promote sustainable forest management, restoration, afforestation

Project ID: 5944

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Ecosystem management and restoration
  • Mainstreaming biodiversity


  • Agrobiodiversity
  • Ecosystem-based adaptation
  • Ecosystem-based mitigation


  • Forests
  • Conserved areas
  • FreshWaters


  • Temperate forests
  • Tropical forests
  • Productive landscapes/Seascapes
  • Rivers and river basins

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Forestry and other land use

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Data collection and analysis


  • Management operation
  • Food and agricultural commodities
  • Capacity building


  • Sustainable land management
  • Ecosystem and ecosystem services conservation/restoration
  • Integrated water resource management
  • Improved & diversified sustainable livelihoods (TP 5)
  • Water quality/quantity
  • Ecosystem services monitoring
  • Technical capacity building
  • Portfolio learning
  • Institutional capacity building

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Private sector

Gender equality

  • Livelihoods for women

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Reduce exposure
  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 15.1 Conserve, restore, sustainably use terrestrial, freshwater ecosystems
  • 15.3 Combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil
  • 15.2 Promote sustainable forest management, restoration, afforestation

Conventions and protocols

  • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
  • National Adaptation Plan (NAP)

Private sector(s)

  • Individuals/Entrepreneurs
  • Large corporations

Hot topic

  • Public-private partnership
  • Structural/system transformation
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

About this project


Brief project description Land degradation is a serious issue in Cambodia posing a direct threat to food and water security since it affects agriculture productivity and water retention capacity of watersheds. It is linked with deforestation and forest degradation, and exacerbated by climate change perpetuating increased vulnerability to climate related risks in turn. The project is designed to reduce pressures on upland watershed areas from competing land uses by demonstrating collaborative management and rehabilitation of agriculture lands and forest areas by promoting sustainable land management and stabilizing watershed catchment functions in a priority degraded area, Upper Prek Thnot watershed in Kampong Speu Province as identified by the draft National Action Plan to Combat Land Degradation 2017 - 2026. The project consists of three interrelated components: 1) On-farm soil conservation and agro-forestry practices improved; 2) Community forest areas restored and sustainably managed; and 3) Watershed management and monitoring capacity improved. The project's approach is consistent with UNDP Cambodia's Country Programme Document (CPD) 2016-2018 as it specifically requires “building resilience” by contributing to strengthening environmental services and the system of forest management and protected areas, including sustainable land and watershed management.


To restore and maintain forest cover and watershed stability functions while providing for sustainable livelihoods and ecosystem services in the Upper Prek Thnot Watershed.

USD $1,100,917

Grant amount

USD $390,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Source(s) of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($1,100,917)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)

Joint agencies

  • Asian Development Bank

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