SCALE (Supply Chain And Landscape approach in EPL) programme is coordinated by WWF Cambodia, with support of H&M group, WWF Sweden and the Lab, and in partnership with WCS and GERES. This cooperation aims to secure the forests of the Eastern Plains landscape, promote sustainable forestry and eventually reintroduce tigers which are now extinct across the whole of Cambodia.
SCALE also hopes to design a landscape scale investment program in Cambodia that contributes to SDG goals by promoting sustainable sourcing of energy materials and supporting the resilience of ecosystem services.
It has been an ongoing project and landscape for the Lab since 2018.
At the end of January 2019, stakeholders from provincial and national government, international brands, commercial plantations, financial institutions, development funds and NGOs came together for a full day Planning Workshop for the SCALE Project.
It was a day to share the results of two feasibility studies that were conducted as part of a partnership between H&M and WWF to
1) assess alternatives to the wood fuel currently used by garment factories in Cambodia and
2) assess the potential for a REDD+ programme in the Eastern Plains Landscape (EPL) in Mondulkiri Province.
The Planning Workshop endeavored to develop a shared vision for the project, based on the input of stakeholders that wish to support a low carbon garment industry and sustainable land management. The program currently has a focus on the EPL but the ambition is for the project to be scaled to incorporate other areas of Cambodia. To supplement learnings and allow project partners to understand the realities of project implementation in Cambodia, site visits were organized before and after the workshop. Prior to the workshop, the project partners from H&M, GERES, WCS & WWF visited one of H&M’s supplier garment factories to witness how wood fuel is used in the supply chain
Following the workshop, the team visited the EPL to understand the benefit sharing activities of the Keo Seima REDD+ programme such as the water tower constructed at Andong Kralong and the Jahoo Gibbon eco-tourism camp. The team also visited three community protected areas (CPAs) in Srepok and Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuaries to learn about WWF’s engagement with communities in the EPL which includes supporting non-timber forest product (NTFP) enterprises and the ongoing implementation of community management plans.
The workshop week provided a great opportunity for project partners to discuss steps to move into the second phase of the SCALE program; based on the practical knowledge learned from the site visits and the valuable feedback provided by external stakeholders at the Planning Workshop