Koh Kong Province, Cambodia

Climate change is a global challenge but a lot can be done at the local level to minimize impacts and capture opportunities. IUCN's Building Coastal Resilience to Climate Change Impacts in Southeast Asia Project, funded by European Union, aims to increase adaptive capacity of people and the ecosystems on which they depend to cope with the anticipated impacts of climate change and plan for disaster risk reduction, through sound governance and planning.


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The Third Annual Coastal Forum 2014, Cambodia



Petchrung Sukpong and Louis Bourne, IUCN's Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) Seagrass survey team.

Talk to the seagrass surveyors

From May to June 2013, Ms Petchrung Sukpong and Mr Louis Bourne were part of the IUCN team surveying seagrass in Kampot province, Cambodia. Ms Sukpong hails from Hua Hin in Thailand, and studied environmental planning for her Master’s degree. Specialising in coastal management, she developed this academic interest whilst working on coral reef rehabilitation in Phuket. She later joined IUCN’s Thailand programme to provide technical support for marine and coastal conservation. Her colleague, Mr Bourne, is a British-Thai resident of Chiang Mai in Thailand. After living in numerous countries across the world, he went on to pursue marine biology at Newcastle University in the UK. Together, they conducted fieldwork and compiled results, with the support of their team representing Department of Environment (DoE) and Department of Fisheries Administration (FiA) on the field and IUCN colleagues. …  

16 Jul 2013 | Interview

The event was presided over by H.E Yea Saut

Balancing conservation and development of Kampot Province through the Coastal Use Zoning approach

Kampot Province, 25 June 2013 - IUCN Cambodia cooperated with the Kampot Provincial Hall to organize an inception workshop on Coastal Use Zoning at the Kampot Diamond Hotel. This aimed to discuss the process and strategy for Kampot Coastal Use Zoning with consideration of the seargrass survey results. …  

09 Jul 2013 | Article
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Participatory Dolphin Survey meeting

Participatory Dolphin Survey for Koh Kong Province

Koh Kong Province, 06 July 2013 –The meeting in preparation for the dolphin survey brought together dolphin experts from IUCN Thailand and IUCN Cambodia as well as all relevant stakeholders from Cambodia such as the Fisheries Administrative, the Department of Environment, and community members to meet and share survey techniques and methodologies. This survey will also collaborate with Dr Brian Smith, who is the Director of the World Conservation Society’s Asian Freshwater and Coastal Cetacean Programme. …  

09 Jul 2013 | Article
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IUCN training on climate change for Thai PBS as part of the MOU and BCR project.

IUCN and SDF brought Thai PBS team to learn about climate change in community level

BANGKOK — A group of producers, news reporters, production teams, academic researchers and trainers pertaining to the Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS) rendezvoused to East Thailand and Coastal Cambodia to learn about villagers’ climate change related problems on 22-26 April. …  

30 Jun 2013 | Article
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A poor fisher and his discarded by-catch

The near-shore fishery challenge in Soc Trang

Soc Trang Province has recognized that the near-shore fishery and mangroves is suffering from a loss of species diversity, and this is increasing the vulnerability of coastal communities, who are heavily dependent on mangrove and marine resources, to climate change. The province has implemented numerous programs and regulations to protect and conserve its heavily exploited near-shore fishery.   …  

28 Jun 2013 | Article
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Seagrass in Kampot

Training in participatory seagrass survey techniques

Kampot province: From 6-10 May 2013, a training on participatory seagrass survey techniques was organized by IUCN, funded by the EU, through IUCN’s Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) project. It aimed to build capacity of participants on seagrass survey techniques and environmental and developmental issues related to the seagrass. 

25 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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Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General

Mai Root and Bang Chan Villagers Welcome IUCN Director General

From 5-6 March 2013, the Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Julia Marton-Lefèvre, came to visit Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF) and IUCN’s joint project field sites, where coastal communities are responding to both climate and human induced change. …  

07 May 2013 | Article
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Unconsolidated sea dike in front of vegetable plots at Mo O, Soc Trang Province

Soc Trang community prepares to adapt to climate change

The Mekong Delta is one of the parts of the world projected to be most impacted by sea level rise. And within the Delta, the coastal districts of Soc Trang Province are considered particularly vulnerable because of the very flat topography. Local people are already observing higher high tides and stronger wave action that break the unconsolidated earth dike that protects them from the sea. The EU-funded project Building Coastal Resilience (BCR) is working in Mo O, a small village in Trung Binh Commune to build local capacity to address this threat. …   | Vietnamese

25 Apr 2013 | Article
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BCR Photostream

Coastal Forum 2012

View as slideshow

Building Coastal Resilience

News report by ASEAN TV

Coastal Erosion in Thailand

News report by ASEAN TV, aired on 12 March 2012.

Coastal Erosion - part of climate change impacts (in Thai)

News report by Green News TV, Thai Society of Environmental Journalists.

Coastal Erosion in Thailand (in Thai)

News report by Nation Channel.

Promoting Local Innovations (PLI)

Promoting local innovations for climate change adaptation: Finding solutions for drinking water in Bang Chan Sub-district 

Video on climate change

How does climate change affect the oceans and marine biodiversity?