Friday, February 5, 2010
This is mangroove forestry community in Peam Krosop, Koh Kong Province. Before most of the villagers who're living in the mangroove forest were either employed or self-employed to cut down the forest and produce charcoal. Mangroove tree can produce the best charcoal and was good for money. Good business led to massive deforestation. However, during the last five years, with the help of the government in cooperation with relevant NGOs, mangroove forestry community was set up to protect the areas. Charcoal production is banned and villagers are educated to protect the forest and to find other means to make income. Tourism is one of the options, the mangroove forest was transformed into tourist destination in the province where villagers can run various business.