Sam Veasna Conservation Tours (SVC) runs birding and wildlife viewing trips with unique access to Wildlife Conservation Society sites across Cambodia. Our mission is to sustain Cambodia’s wildlife and communities through ecotourism.
SVC’s original mission was broad: to promote wildlife conservation awareness and education in Northern Cambodia. As SVC has grown, it has become involved in education and capacity building, working in remote protected areas. Today the main objective of SVC is to provide local communities with a sustainable livelihood from international tourists who visit these sites for birding and wildlife watching. This award-winning approach was pioneered in Northern Cambodia at Tmatboey and has since been expanded to eight communities across Northern and Eastern Cambodia.
Cambodia is home to 7 Critically Endangered, 28 Globally Threatened and 2 Endemic bird species. SVC work with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and local communities to protect these species. These endangered species attract birders and wildlife enthusiasts from around the globe.
Since SVC’s inception, to date, we have guided 6,500+ tours and 10,000+ tourists to discover the amazing diverse range of species that Cambodia has to offer. Every visitor to the nine communities we work with pay a ‘Conservation Contribution’. This fee goes towards projects that build infrastructure for some of the poorest communities in Cambodia. Since 2015, visitors to SVC have contributed over $500,000 to local communities. During the off-season, SVC teach communities skills needed to maintain high tourism standards- cooking hygiene, housekeeping training and local guide training. This provides supplementary income for individuals and helps to show the value of tourism and how important it is to protect their unique birdlife.