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Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis)

Mohamed bin Zayed Species project number 12254028

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12254028) - Siamese crocodile - Awarded $10,000 on June 13, 2012

FFI works by invitation around the world to save species from extinction, habitats from destruction and to encourage sustainable development. Formed in 1903 in the United Kingdom, FFI acts to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, are based on sound science and take account of human needs. We work through partnerships that ensure loca ownership and lasting results and believe success lies in devising strategies that both conserve biodiversity and contribute to human development. Our guiding principles are to: respond to local needs, respect national priorities, develop strategic partnerships and strengthen our partners’ capacity. Our program of activities in Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific, and Eurasia is delivered principally through: building capacity to equip local people and agencies to manage their natural heritage; monitoring causes of biodiversity loss and its impact on local people, identifying and implementing solutions that benefit people and wildlife; and securing threatened areas of high biodiversity importance through land purchase and local conservation agreements. FFI has been present in Cambodia since 1996 and was among one of the first NGOs to work in the country. We currently work in partnership with the Ministries of Environment, of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries, and of Youth, Education & Sport. The Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Project (CCCP) is a key part of FFI’s long-term goal in Cambodia to integrate sustainable development with environmental conservation in ways that benefit both people and biodiversity. The goal of the CCCP is to prevent the extinction of the Siamese Crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis), and to use this charismatic reptile as a flagship for conserving threatened rivers and wetlands in Cambodia. Habitat destruction and hunting have eradicated Siamese Crocodiles from 99% of their range throughout Southeast Asia over the past 100 years. Approximately 250 adults remain in the wild, chiefly in the remotest highlands of Southwest and Northeast Cambodia. The award-winning Cambodian Crocodile Conservation 2 Programme (CCCP) was co-founded by Fauna & Flora International (FFI), the Royal Government of Cambodia and local communities to save these Critically Endangered crocodiles and their globally important wetlands. Since 2000, the CCCP has found approximately 180 individual crocodiles, scattered across 35 rivers and wetlands. This innovative programme tackles both the immediate and underlying threats to this flagship species using a combination of education, capacity building, applied research, captive breeding, policy and legislation, and development of more sustainable livelihoods.

Project 12254028 location - Cambodia, Asia