On 25 June 2013, I went to Preah Vihear Province together with other project team members, included one staff from FAO and another one from the Ministry of Environment (MOE). I traveled from Siem Reap Town to Preah Vihear at 10 am in the morning and he met some FAO staff along the way to Preah Vihear. We had lunch together in a small restaurant in Kulen Cheung Commune, Kulen District, Preah Vihear Province.

After lunch, I visited targeted village. I left Kulen Cheung Commune at 2 pm for travelling to Preah Vihear. Then, I met director of the provincial department of environment in the Preah Vihear Provincial town to present the climate change and watershed project, to discuss the preparation of the training on PRA and future cooperation in regard to the project implementation.

According the director of the provincial department of environment, there are some wildlife still remaining in the Kulen Promteb wildlife sanctuary and it is potential for the ecotourism. There are many bamboo along natural streams in the target area that the project can support to create bamboo international learning center. The bamboo planting would be more interested in the future if the timber is reduced. People may turn to use bamboo for instead. Currently, forest is being lost – the forest land is being cleared for Chamkar / crop plantation. There is a few Community Protected Areas (CPAs) in that area and the CPAs might help to conserve some forest areas.

Pumpkin planted by a farmer along the road from Preah Vihear to Siem Reap
Pumpkin planted by a farmer along the road from Preah Vihear to Siem Reap

On the way back from Preah Vihear to Siem Reap Province, I interviewed a farmer about their crop planting. He planted various kinds of vegetables, including pumpkin, cucumber, mung-bean, etc., and he has earned a lot of money.  He is interested to plant these kinds of vegetables than cassava because he could harvest soon and also have money to invest for the second crop or third crops.