What is Samlout 2012?
MJP'sÂ Samlout 2012 , is a conservation and community development programme in rural Cambodia (Samlout District) that provides direct support to local villages, endangered wildlife and habitats to achieve a sustainable path to economic development byÂ 2012, balancing conservation and economic rejuvenation.
Priorities and Objectives
To achieve economic growth and reduce environmental destruction, MJP developed the following 4 priorities and sustainability objectives, incorporating the principles of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals. (www.un.org/millenniumgoals)
Samlout 2012Â Priorities:
1. Create a connected community; Infrastructure Development
2. Build a conservation economy; Sustainable Prosperity
3. Protect Wildlife and Natural Resources: Conservation Management
4. Secure Global Partnerships: Cooperation and Contribution
MJP's sustainability objectives directly contribute to all 4 Samlout 2012 priorities:
Minimize and eliminate waste produced by communities
Promote environment-friendly investments
Protect our common environment, protected areas and wildlife reserves
Samlout 2012 focuses on 10 villages with a population of 5000 villagers. These targeted villagers, over 5 years, will receive the necessary assistance to build a sustainable economic infrastructure that will directly contribute to its economic growth. MJP selected the host villages based on the level of economic development, services provided (schools, health care centers, etc.), infrastructure needs (roads, wells, etc.) and level of human activity in Samlout Protected Area. Although MJP selected a target population of 5000 people to make economic rejuvenation achievable, by virtue of the host-villages proximity to the villages lying outside the programme, there are â€œspill-overâ€ benefits. Surrounding villages are able to access the newly built roads to export or import food products, access medical care, and send their children to school.