Sam Veasna Center (SVC)
Sam Veasna died at the age of 33 of malaria during field work, his friends and colleagues decided to set up a centre dedicated to conservation in his memory. SVC opened in 2003 in close collaboration with Wildlife Conservation Society and local communities at our ecotourist sites.
The main objective of SVC is to provide an alternative sustainable livelihood from ecotourism for the local communities at the sites that WCS prioritises for conservation.
In return for income and employment from ecotourism WCS ensures no hunting and land use conversion agreements are honoured.