Cambodia: Video about climate change and the indigenous Kouy’s forest conservation

In this video, we meet the women and men of the Kouy indigenous peoples of Cambodia to discover more about what the forest means to them and how indigenous women have taken the lead to protect the forest. In Cambodia, the indigenous Kouy women unite to protect their trees from illegal logging.

By taking fingerprints and photos of locals transporting wood they make sure to have documentation of the logging activities that are going on, on their lands. The indigenous Kouy depend on the forest to provide them with a number of non-timber products such as wildlife, vegetables, honey and resin. Especially resin is important for the Kouy since it provides them with an income. By selling the resin to boat builders the indigenous community earns money that can pay for their children’s education.

The forest is also a source of traditional medicines that the Kouy use to treat measles, alleviate pain and help women who have given birth to produce milk. The women of the Kouy community are taking up the battle for their forest. This means that they gain respect from the men in their community. Since the Kouy men and women perceive each other as equals they can work together for a common future. Today the forests are threatened, not only by illegal logging but also by climate change.

Climate change is a reality and in order to mitigate its adverse impact, we need to conserve forests. The women and men of the Kouy are already protecting the forest. They can, therefore, contribute to the development of sustainable development with their traditional knowledge of preserving the forest. IWGIA has supported AIPP in producing the video.

Tags: Land rights, Climate action


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