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Sustainable Rattan Harvest and Production

Using traditional methods to sustainably harvest rattan resources in a local forest in rural Cambodia.
© Khou Eang Hourt / WWF-Cambodia
Recognizing the threats connected to over exploitation of rattan resources, WWF partnered with Cambodian and the Lao PDR government as well as the private sector to being a three phase project aimed at strengthening sustainable rattan harvest and production.
	© WWF Cambodia / Tep Asnarith
Ms Att Sreynak (second from left to right) admires a rattan basket at One village One Product fair.
© WWF Cambodia / Tep Asnarith

Phase I: Identification and Ecology

In its first phase (2006-2008), the project focused on the identification, growth, and ecology of key species, on the, the dynamics of the rattan market as well as on the development of a  community-based sustainable harvest and production system. Previously, lack of botanical knowledge had constrained development of the rattan industry, especially in the selection of the right species for processing and trading. Within this context, the project also produced the first field guide to the rattans of Cambodia. In addition, the project set up community based model approach that promotes sustainable management and use of rattan resources, so that forest ecosystem where rattan are present are conserved.

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Read about the launch of the first rattan field guide for Cambodia.

Phase II: Value Chain and Green Production

Lack of market information and inappropriate forest and trade policy have slowed down development of the rattan sector in the past. Therefore, the project’s second phase (2009-2011, supported by IKEA and the EC) is to work with all stakeholders of the rattan value chain and to produce green and clean rattan products. This approach includes:
  • Continuous field research on growth and yield of specific rattan species.
  • Development of rattan cleaner production techniques.
  • Implemenation of community based sustainable rattan management and production approaches
  • Carrying out a market chain analysis with 20 communities across the country.
	© Tep Asnarith / WWF-Cambodia
Rattan nurseries play an important role in sustainable rattan harvest.
© Tep Asnarith / WWF-Cambodia

Phase III: Expand Sustainable Supply and Production

Funded by IKEA, WWF’s Rattan Project Phase III intends to expand the existing sustainable rattan supply and production chain with the aims of supplying 1,500 ton of sustainably managed raw material for production by 2014. The main objectives of Phase III are to:
  • Secure rattan forests and plantation resources under sustainable management plans that support local livelihoods and are able to supply sustainable and green products to rattan processors
  • Increase the knowledge on rattan industry, conservation, and ecology by implementing a forest biodiversity impact monitoring system in order to support development of the rattan industry.
  • Secure legal support through the collaboration of national policies about the rattan supply chain in Cambodia and abroad

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	© Mengey Eng
Local rattan harvest in Cambodia.
© Mengey Eng

Sustainable Rattan in the Greater Mekong