Our history & awards

Mlup Baitong is a leading local NGO in the environment sector in Cambodia. The complementary nature of environmental education, advocacy, and community-based natural resource management with the creation of alternative livelihood options results in positive and sustainable impacts. We are nationally and internationally respected for our successful approach in environmental education and conservation.

Mlup Baitong was established in February 1998 as a project of an international NGO to address the problem of deforestation in Cambodia with a focus on educating the general public on conservation of natural resources. Since then, the organization has grown mature over the years in terms of project implementation, staff capacity-building and organizational development.

Currently, Mlup Baitong employs around 60 Khmer staff at the main office in Phnom Penh and field offices in Kampot, Kampong Speu, Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, Battambang, Siem Reap, Kampong Thom, Stung Treng, and Svay Rieng provinces. They are supported by a number of government and community counterparts, several Cambodian and international volunteers, as well as one expatriate advisor.


With support from Mlup Baitong, our target communities and partners work hard to conserve their natural resources and to improve their livelihoods. Some of our most successful projects received both national and international recognition in the form of awards:

  • 2017

    Finalist for the National Geographic Travel World Legacy Awards 2017 in the category “Engaging Communities” More

  • 2016

    ASEAN Homestay Award for Chambok

  • 2015

    Award from Prime Minister to Chambok Community-Based Ecotourism for Outstanding Achievements

  • Bronze Medal from Prime Minister to Chambok Community-Based Forestry and Community Protected Area

  • 2013

    TO DO! 2013 Award of the International Contest for Socially Responsible Tourism at the International Tourism Boerse (ITB), the world’s biggest International Tourism Fair, in Berlin, Germany for Chambok Community-Based Ecotourism. More

  • First Place, Award for Sustainable Forest Management to Kraing Serey Community Forestry, issued by the Prime Minister

  • 2012

    ASEAN Eco-Schools Award for two of our School Eco Clubs. More

  • 2009

    Winner of “Hidden Treasures Cambodia” initiative organized by the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Project of USAID Cambodia for Chambok Community-Based Ecotourism

  • 2007

    UNDP Regional Office in Colombo, Sri Lanka, selected Chambok Community-Based Ecotourism (CBET) as a case study about good practice of CBET implementation among 20 good practices from 96 projects mostly in Asian countries. More

  • 2006

    Bronze Medal by Cambodia’s Prime Minister for achievements in the Community-Based Forestry and Protected Area project in Kampong Speu province, Chambok

  • Award from CCSP (Commune Council Support Project) to Chambok Community-Based Ecotourism for its outstanding performance on “Promoting Community Environment issue and Ecotourism”

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