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Community Initiatives

Here we describe the various projects and activities taking place in our communities to promote better health; improved livelihoods, sustainable use of natural resources and our indigenous culture.

June 2014

MIPAD is pleased to announce the award of funding for our project ”Sustainable Livelihoods and Natural Resources Management (SLNRM).  The grant of US50,000 is initially for one year but may be extended for three.  It has been arranged through Winrock International within the “USAID SUPPORTING FORESTS AND BIODIVERSITY PROJECT - Community Livelihoods Development and Non­ infrastructure Eco­tourism”.

The grant will enable our members in eight villages surrounding the three protected forests of Mondulkiri:

“To create and sustain new livelihoods in poor indigenous communities based on sound use of forestries and eco-friendly opportunities”.

Kao Seima protected forest: Puham village, Senmonorom commune, O’reang district (2 groups)

Phnom Prich wildlife sanctuary: Chiclob, Srae Thom (3 groups)

Mondulkiri protected forest: Srae Huy, Nangkilek commune (Chimeat, Nong bour, Koh Mayel leu and Koh Mayel Kraom) 5 groups

March 2014

Our eco-tourism project is now underway - please see new brochure here, and visit MRDC now at the Conservation Base Eco-Tourism Awareness Centre in Sen Monorom.  This is thanks to WWF Cambodia, the Wild Life Conservation Society and Elephant Livelihood Initiative Environment.

February 2014

Bamboo shoots - sustainable management in two Indigenous Bunong communities, Cambodia

Although First People’s Worldwide gave a grant to help form MIPAD, and Nomad RSI’s donors also contributed to our development, this was the first grant awarded to MIPAD in its own right. We thank the “Partnership Fund for Community-Based NTFP Initiatives in South and Southeast Asia (BD-MGF)” and our partner NTFP-EP for helping to arrange it.

The project will increase the capacity of two mainly indigenous communities to produce bamboo shoots as extra food; nutrition and income for their own consumption and local markets, so adapting this traditional NTFP in to their management practices to reflect new realities, while preserving the important resource and developing community-based enterprises. Although the direct beneficiaries will be equal male and females, the two local Self Help Groups in Dak Dam and Senmonorom are mainly run by women, comprising 20 households in each village. Both these groups are grassroots in origin and founding members of MIPAD. They are currently supported in their development through the Nomad RSI project In Livelihoods and Community Capacity-Building.

The project budget is for just under US$5,000 and activities will be completed in 2014.

Here is an extract from our Bunong "Food from the Forest" (August 2012) book to illustrate wise use of bamboo in cooking.


Trav Proung is a popular food with Bunong people who cook it on a daily basis, for the family and for various kinds of ceremonies, such as after harvesting rice. This dish is cooked by using a bamboo tube. Before cooking, all the vegetables and meats need to be cut in to small pieces to fit in the bamboo. Once ready all ingredients are cooked together in the bamboo tube on a fire. This dish does not use any kitchenware to be prepared, all materials are taken directly from the forest. The sources of the vegetables used are from mountains, valleys, streams, and rivers sometimes far from the villages.


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