Sam Veasna Center (SVC)
Who and what:
Sam Veasna Center organises responsible tours to remote habitats that benefit rural communities and promote wildlife conservation. Founded in 2003 to serve as a focal point for conservation initiatives in Northwestern Cambodia, Sam Veasna works with communities in remote areas to develop and promote their ecotourism enterprises.
Visit one of Cambodia’s many protected areas and observe rare and endangered bird species. See large rare water birds at Prek Toal Biosphere on the Tonle Sap; see the imposing Sarus Crane at Ang Trapeang Thmor (ATT); or travel to remote Tmatboey to see the extremely rare Giant Ibis. It is also possible to spot gibbons and doucs in the Seima Protected Forest in Mondulkiri.
Sam Veasna is one of the most impressive ecotourism non-governmental organisations operating in Cambodia. Their projects include most of the major birding hotspots in the kingdom, including popular and accessible Prek Toal and ATT, as well as much more remote birding sites in Preah Vihear, Stung Treng and Mondulkiri, such as the famous 'vulture restaurants' of the northeast. They won a Gold Medal at the World Responsible Tourism Awards at the World Travel Market in London in 2016.