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Buddhist Monks Establish Network on Forest Conservation

September 2 2017:

Cambodia monks say no to chainsaws

Last month, August 2017, ARC and our Cambodian NGO partner, Ponlok Khmer (PKH), supported the launch of an exciting new network in Cambodia made up of Buddhist monks leading grassroots forest conservation initiatives.

The Monks Community for the Environment (MCE) was established to link Buddhist monks across Cambodia engaged in conservation in a network of mutual support and it has become a platform to share Buddhist-based conservation experiences, build capacity, identify best practices and learn from each other.

Over the past year the 22 monks in this network have developed skills in conservation project management, and strengthened Buddhist-based approaches such as tree ordination, community forestry and patrolling, outreach and awareness in Buddhist communities, and tree planting and forest restoration.

More information can be found in Khmer on the MCE Facebook page.


Khmer Times story about the wildlife sanctuary SE Asia’s ‘Environmental’ Monks Need International Support

Monks in Cambodian Community Forest take action against soldiers for alleged logging and threats

Cambodian Monks Community Forest wins the Equator prize.

Cambodia's pagodas become eco-centres.

More on monks and environment programmes in Cambodia.

Cambodian monks join together to protect the Cardamom mountains.

Youtube interview in Khmer on the Monks Community Forest

Youtube interview in Cambodian on understanding REDD+ and how to protect the forest in Cambodia

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A June 2016 animation by Chinese Buddhists about vegetarianism as mercy release.

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