Samlaut Protected Area, Cambodia
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Samlaut Protected Area in Cambodia established a Sister Park Agreement in 2006 to promote international cooperation and collaboration and foster resource stewardship knowledge and skills sharing.
The Cambodian Government granted Samlaut "Protected Area" status and designated it as a Multiple-Use Area in 1993 to protect essential natural and watershed resources from illegal timber and wildlife poaching, and over development of consumptive industries. The Multiple-Use Area status permits the local communities the right to continue to utilize the natural resources in a sustainable manner; however wildlife and timber poaching, gem mining operations, and land encroachment continue to threaten the area.
Samlaut encompasses 148,263 acres of northwestern Cambodia near the border with Thailand. It forms the northern tip of the Cardamom Mountain Range, one of Southeast Asia's most prominent landscapes, and hosts a spectrum of wildlife such as endangered Asian elephants, Asiatic black bears, pig-tailed macaques, pileated gibbons, hornbills, and pangolins. Samlaut is one of Cambodia's key watershed areas, providing fresh water and natural resources for almost one million people living in the provinces of Battambang and Pailin.