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Anlung Pring Protected Landscape is 217 ha in size and located in Kampong Trach District of Kampot Province.

The site is very close to the Cambodian/Vietnam border. A shallow river meanders through the site all year round, flowing south to the sea. During the rainy season, this floodplain site becomes completely covered in water, creating ideal habitat for many bird species.

Anlung Pring is a vital site for the Vulnerable Sarus Cranes. Up to 300 individuals flock here during the winter and early spring (December to April). Here they feed on the Eleocharis grassland to put on weight ready for the breeding season.

Over 90 different bird species have been recorded at Anlung Pring, but it is believed far more visit the site. These include a wide variety of shore birds which visit the site during their migrations across the world. Often large flocks of different species can be seen, flying in unison across the grassland.

Anlung Pring was originally designated as a protected Sarus Crane Reserve in 2011. Since 2016 it has been classified as a Protected Landscape, and the management authority was transferred from the Forestry Administration to the Ministry of Environment of Cambodia. This is one of three protected Sarus Crane feeding grounds in Cambodia.

The Sarus Crane

The Sarus Crane is the tallest flying bird in the world. It has a wingspan of around two and a half meters.

The Sarus Crane is part of the Gruidae family, an ancient group of birds. There are 14 other species of cranes. Cranes are found on all continents except for the Antarctic and South America.

Sarus Crane has three populations in the world, Eastern Sarus Crane (Grus antigone sharpiie) sub-species is found in South East Asia and is the rarest of the sub-species

In the breeding season (July to October) the cranes move to deciduous forests in the north and north-east of Cambodia, where seasonal small wetlands in these forests provide ideal habitat for breeding.

In the non-breeding season (December to April) the cranes move to wetlands in the north-west, centre and south-east of Cambodia. These provide ideal habitat and safe refuges for feeding and gaining weight, preparing the cranes for the next breeding season.

Sarus Cranes have been present in Cambodia a long time, even dating back to the Angkor Era (9th to 15th century). If you visit Bayon Temple in Siem Reap, you can see dancing Sarus Crane carved into stone.

Local communities surrounding Anlung Pring Protected Landscape previously believed that when a pair of Sarus Cranes flew over a house, it meant that a pair of young lovers from that home were about to elope. These days, with so many cranes flying overhead, and few couples eloping, not many local people still believe this.

The Local Community

Anlung Pring Protected Landscape is surrounded by three villages Koh Chamkaar, Chress and Koh Tnoat.

Lepironia Weaving, Anlung Pring
Koh Chamkaar village
  • West of Anlung Pring Protected Landscape
  • 837 families
  • Villagers depend on paddy fields, Lepironia weaving and fruit crops for their livelihood.

This village originated from a man named Ta Ko, who had seven children. His children cleared the forest which unveiled some small mounds, they then grew rice around these mounds which led them to look like islands. Ta Ko then named the area Koh Chamkaar meaning ‘Island Crop Plantation’.

Anlung Pring
Koh Tnaot village
  • East of Anlung Pring Protected Landscape
  • 239 families
  • Villagers depend on paddy fields and Lepironia weaving for their livelihoods

The name of the village is Kaoh Tnaot, which in Khmer means the ‘palm tree island’. It was named this due to the abundance of palm trees.

Khmer Rice Flakes Making, Anlung Pring
Chrees village
  • Northwest of Anlung Pring Protected Landscape
  • 577 families
  • Villagers depend on farming, Lepironia weaving, and small family businesses for their livelihoods

Chrees is the Khmer name of Pentacme siamensis, a tropical tree which is used traditionally as a shrine to worship under while asking for recovery from illness. Chrees was named after the presence of these trees.

AP-SCC-DC

Anlung Pring Sarus Crane Conservation and Development Community manage the tourism operation at Anlung Pring.

Vision

“We want to see Anlung Pring become a well-known tourism destination that contributes to conservation of the wetland and sarus cranes, whilst improving local community livelihoods and wellbeing.”

Objectives
  1. To conserve Sarus Cranes and the habitat and biodiversity at Anlung Pring Protected Landscape.
  2. To improve local livelihoods through income generation and job creation
  3. To promote local culture
  4. To develop Anlung Pring to become a well-known and popular tourism destination by providing quality tourism service
Membership policy
  1. Only local residents can be members
  2. Members must participate in relevant training and obtain a certificate in order to provide tourism service
Management team
  1. Chief: makes sure it all works and a little reporting
  2. Vice Chief: supports the Chief and ensure the site is maintained
  3. Accountant: makes sure all the accounts add up and maintains transparency
  4. Vice Accountant: helps the accountant
  5. Receptionists: help tourists on arrival
Groups
  1. Homestay Group: members who provide accommodation for tourists
  2. Home-exchange Group: members who open their houses to be visited by tourists
  3. Guide Group: members who guide tourists
  4. Transport Group: members who transport tourists
  5. Food Group: members who prepare food for tourists
  6. Waste Management Group: members who clean for the community

Where the money goes

Activities that occur within Anlung Pring Protected Landscape incorporates a Ministry of Environment, Protected Landscape entry fee. This money goes towards the management of Anlung Pring, supporting a ranger team, biodiversity surveys, awareness raising work, and additional management interventions.

AP-SCC-DC Fund

All other income goes into the AP-SCC-DC fund. This fund supports the development, maintenance, member’s wages and the operation of tourism at the site.

This fund is managed by the Accountant and Chief of the AP-SCC-DC and regular reports are made to the Tourism Management Board to ensure transparency and accountability.

Community Fund

Any profit then goes into the community fund. The money in this fund goes towards community development projects. Please check the Support us tab for more information of community projects funded and being saved for.

Tourism Management Board

Anlung Pring Tourism Management Board is made up of members representing the local community, conservation organisations, and government.

This board meets on a quarterly basis and was established to overview and review the work of the AP-SCC-DC to ensure that transparency and fairness remains. The Management Board must ensure the tourism continues to benefits conservation and local people, while keeping on track with the agreed rules.

The board is currently chaired by James Lyon (Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust), please get in contact if you would like to receive a copy of the sites financial reports, bylaws and operation procedures, or ask any questions about how the site operates.

Supporting Organisations

Anlung Pring Protected Landscape is managed by the Ministry of Environment. A cooperation between Kampot Department of Environment and the Department of Freshwater Wetlands Conservation.
Multiply national and international organisations have supported Anlung Pring, the Sarus Cranes and local communities surrounding this valuable Protected Landscape.

Many thanks as well to the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (http://www.cepf.net) and Darwin Initiative (https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/the-darwin-initiative) who have supplied funding for the development of this Community Led Ecotourism Site and conservation measures for Anlung Pring and the Sarus Cranes.

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