The Seima Protection Forest (SPF) covers 292,690 ha. It is located in eastern Cambodia, mainly in Mondulkiri Province with a small area extending into Kratie Province. The REDD+ Project Area covers 166,983 ha of forest in the SPF Core Protection Area. The SPF was created by a Prime Ministerial Subdecree in late 2009. The site is part of the ancestral homeland of large number of ethnic Bunong people, for whom the forest is a key source of income and central to their spiritual beliefs. The area is also a meeting place for two important ecoregions – the Annamite Mountains (notable for high levels of local endemism among evergreen forest species) and the lower Mekong dry forests (which are crucial for the survival of many species typical of lowland deciduous forests). There are 41 Globally Threatened vertebrate species recorded in the Project Area (including 4 Critically Endangered and 14 Endangered). Many of these occur in globally or regionally outstanding populations, including Asian Elephants, primates, wild cattle, several carnivores and birds such as the Giant Ibis and Green Peafowl.Validation approved to the CCB Standards Third Edition, Biodiversity Gold Level, on 16 November 2015. Project formally known as Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation in Seima Protection Forest. PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: Undergoing verification to the CCB Standards: public comment period: 16th Aug- 22 to 15th Sept-22.
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