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However, IUCN initially re-opening its Liaison Project Office through and housed with UNESCO in 1992 and later on have its own Project Office in Phnom Penh till now.

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Mangrove in Koh Kong, Cambodia

Cambodia prepared to become full member of Mangroves for the Future Initiative

Cambodia is in the process of becoming a full-fledged member of the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) initiative, joining nine countries spanning across South and East Asia. The Ministry of Environment of Cambodia, in cooperation with IUCN Cambodia, organized a consultative meeting on 22 February 2013 with 16 different stakeholders to draft the Cambodian MFF National Strategy and Action Plan. 

17 May 2013 | Article
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One of two Mekong Giant Barbs died in storm

Storm Causes Unprecedented Death of 20 Tons of Fish, including Two Engendered Fish

Boeung Tonle Chhmar, Cambodia: About 20 tonnes of fish including two Mekong Giant Barbs Fish (Catlocarpio Siamensis), listed in the IUCN Red List as Endangered, died in a heavy storm in Boeung Tonle Chhmar on 11 April 2013. Following soon after the incident, IUCN Cambodia made this catastrophic event a focal point during a Mekong Water Dialogues meeting to discuss intervention in the storm-struck region and to define priority actions for sustainable natural resource management in the future. 

17 May 2013 | Article
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H.E. Saut Yea, Deputy Governor of Kampot.

Zoning to adapt

Sustainable Coastal Management is one of the key mechanisms to ensure a better chance for Kampot and its people to cope with impacts from both climate and non-climate factors. …  

16 May 2013 | Article
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The panel from left to right: Dr Robert Mather, Head of Southeast Asia Group, IUCN; H.E. Say Socheat, Deputy Governor, Koh Kong Province; Mr Meas Sophal, Deputy Director of General Department of Administration of Nature Conservation and Protection, Ministry of Environment; Mrs Ravadee Prasertcharoensuk, Director, Sustainable Development Foundation

Ecosystems are transboundary

In early 2013, two bordering provinces of Thailand and Cambodia discussed possible transboundary collaboration. A group of 34 representatives from communities, academy, local government offices in Trat, as well as a team of the Sustainable Development Foundation and IUCN, travelled to Koh Kong, Cambodia to meet with H.E. Say Socheat, Deputy Governor of Koh Kong province, and other officials, as part of the European Union funded project Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts in Coastal Southeast Asia (BCR). …  

15 May 2013 | Article
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3rd MWD/NWG meeting, Cambodia

Mekong Water Dialogues Meeting: Setting up a Future Action Plan in Cambodia

Pursat, CambodiaIUCN Cambodia organized a two-day Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD) National Working Group meeting, bringing together ten members and key stakeholders from the Fisheries Administration to share and exchange knowledge to set up an action plan for the future. It aimed to provide information about MWD progress activities from 2012-13 and to discuss the 2013 work plan. Its objective was also to find solutions to climate change vulnerabilities in the Tonle Sap area, and to define actions for sustainable natural resource management in the Boeung Chmmar Ramsar Site. 

13 May 2013 | Article
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Mekong Days in Washington DC 2013

"Mekong Days"

Robert Mather, Head of IUCN Southeast Asia Group, was in Washington, DC for the U.S. debut of the film “MEKONG”, which examines the issues of hydropower development and its impact on Mekong citizens' lives. IUCN, Institute for Global Sustainable Development (IGSD), Challenge Programme for Food and Water (CPWF), and the Goethe Institute set up the debut of the film during the DC Environmental Film Fest, and also planned related “Mekong Days” -- several days of events held over 22-27th March 2013, highlighting issues related to the Mekong, including panels at the Goethe Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Center in which Robert participated. …  

11 May 2013 | Article
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University students participated WWD 2013

Protecting Wetlands is Protecting Sources of Water

Koh Kong, Cambodia, 23 and 24 February - More than 500 people gathered to celebrate the World Wetlands’ Day in Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary (PKWS) in Koh Kong, which is home to the largest mangrove forests in Cambodia.   …  

08 Apr 2013 | Article
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Mekong river

Mekong Days in Washington

The Mekong Region is a massive ecosystem that is the lifeline for more than 60 million people across six countries. In the Lower Mekong Basin, it provides fish to more people than any other river in the world. More than 150 hydropower dams are currently planned, under construction, or commissioned for the Mekong and its tributaries. If constructed, the dams will radically alter the basin’s hydrology, ecology and, consequently, the lives of millions who depend upon it. How can these seemingly opposite demands be met?

22 Mar 2013 | Article
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A group of villagers from Mekong River provinces protests in front of the headquarters of Ch Karnchang, the Thai company contracted to build the controversial hydroelectric Xayaburi dam in Laos.

After Xayaburi, it's time for some 'hydro-diplomacy'

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Xayaburi dam in Laos on Nov 7 marked the symbolic end to a long and contentious international campaign to delay the dam's construction until further studies into its potential trans-boundary impacts were complete. …   | Vietnamese

05 Feb 2013 | News story
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Old Peam Krasaop village is vulnerable to adverse impacts on the mangrove forest and its natural resources

Livelihoods threatened in Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary, Cambodia by migration of a sandy barrier beach

The Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary is home to several small communes, where livelihoods rely on the natural resources of the surrounding mangrove forest. Residents of Old Peam Krasop village are highly dependent on green mussel cultivation, fishing and aquaculture, visible in a wide channel leading to the sea. The village has existed since 1964, currently with around 25 households accomodating 70 people. Only a thinning stretch of mangroves and a migratory sandy barrier beach protect the village from storms and rough seas. …  

14 Jan 2013 | Article
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Wetlands conservation and its importance to livelihoods in Boeung Chhmar Ramsar site

Documentary of the wetlands conservation and its importance to livelihoods in Boeung Chhmar Ramsar site, Camodia.

Inception Workshop on Coastal Use Zoning

News reported by KTV and SEAV aired on 27 June 2013

Seagrass in Cambodia and its importances

 News reported by CNC

Kompot’s the largest Seagrass area in Southeast Asia

News reported by Cambodian News Cahnnel (CNC) TV, aired on 16 May 2013.

Climate change impacts on Koh Kapik Community

News reported by Cambodian News Channel (CNC), aired on 30 April  2013

Workshop on Climate Change Impacts to Coastal Communities in Cambodia and Thailand

 News Reported by Cambodian News Channel (CNC), aired on 25  April 2013

World Wetladay Event, Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary, Koh Kong, Cambodia

World Wetland Day event conducted in Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary, Koh Kong provine, Cambodia on 23-24 February 2013.

Building Coastal Resilience Forum

Evaronment news: from CTN (Cambodia Television Network) station. About first annual forum on Building Coastal Resilience in Viet Nam, Cabodia and Thialand, 28, February - 2 March 2012, Chanthaburi, Thailand

Consultative Workshop On Management Planning for Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary in Koh Kong

News reported by Apsaranet TV, Aired on November 25, 2012

CTV9 Banteay Meanchey Report on Climate Change
Cambodia Television Network

Evaronment news: from CTN (Cambodia Television Network) station. On Climate Change during 3-5 October 2011 of IUCN 's project sites in Koh Kong province.

Strengthen Capacity of Community Fisheries in three sites around Tone Sap

 Aired on 27 August 2013 by CNC