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



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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Cement sea dike at Ganh Hao, Bac Lieu Province

Coastal defense: New thinking needed

A major risk with the current obsession with climate change adaptation is in fact maladaptation: expensive solutions to problems that may never emerge or which themselves create new problems (the famous law of unintended consequences). This is evident in Vietnam where in 2009 the prime minister approved a plan to build concrete sea dikes (replacing the existing dirt dikes), at a cost of US$3 million per kilometer, along the entire coastline. This was motivated in part by a World Bank study that showed that most of the Mekong Delta will be flooded when sea level rises by 1 meter as it is predicted to do sometime between 2050 and 2100. A study by an academic at Can Tho University of the costs and benefits of concrete sea dikes around the Mekong Delta concluded that these were a good idea (http://www.eepsea.net/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=434:adaptation-to-sea-level-rise-in-the-vietnamese-mekong-river-delta-should-a-sea-dike-be-built?&Itemid=192). The assumptions on which the study is based are highly selective, however. For example, it assumes that rice and freshwater shrimp are the highest value land uses in the coastal zone, ignoring the benefits of saltwater aquaculture and changing market demands over time. …   | Vietnamese

08 Mar 2013 | Article
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Mangroves die due to the construction of fish port in An Hoa Lagoon

Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Viet Nam Small Grant Facility 2013 Call for Proposals

Mangroves for the Future (MFF) is pleased to announce the launch of a Small Grant Facility (SGF) in the coastal districts of Ben Tre and Tra Vinh Provinces. MFF is a partnership-led initiative to promote investment in coastal ecosystems (http://mangrovesforthefuture.org). The SGF supports local community action for the conservation and management of coastal ecosystems with the objective to realize the potential of mangroves and other coastal vegetation for climate change adaptation and mitigation. SGF projects should ensure the participation of women and other disadvantaged groups, at least at a demonstration scale. The deadline for application is 17:00 Friday March 15, 2013. For details of the Call for Proposals, please download HERE   …   | Vietnamese

08 Feb 2013 | Jobs - call for proposals
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IUCN job opportunity - Head of Asia Communications

IUCN Asia Regional Office is looking for a Head of Asia Communications. The position holder will be based in Bangkok, Thailand, and expected to start on the 1st April 2013. Application deadline is the 7th February 2013.  …  

16 Jan 2013 | Job vacancy

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

Koh Kong Province residents discuss mangrove ecosystem protection strategies

Koh Kong Province residents discuss mangrove ecosystem protection strategies

IUCN Cambodia conducted a half-day workshop on 13 November 2012 about local ecosystem protection to prevent adverse changes in local beach and river erosion and sedimentation. Thirteen participants from agencies of the line departments, local authorities, and Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary discussed community-based solutions to support livelihoods during the workshop at the Peam Krasop community meeting hall. …  

14 Jan 2013 | Article
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Cambodian journalists interviewed one of Koh Kapik community leaders, Koh Kong province, Cambodia.

Job Vacancy: Communications Officer at IUCN Cambodia

IUCN, International Union of Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Cambodia Project Office in Phnom Penh seeks to recruit a self-motivated and competent staff for the position of Communications Officer, Directly reporting to Senior Programme Officer, IUCN Cambodia Office and additionally to Programme Coordinator Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar.   …  

13 Dec 2012 | Article

Bornean Orang-utan

IUCN invests in rainforest rehabilitation to offset Congress footprint

To help compensate for the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the 2012 World Conservation Congress in Jeju, IUCN has selected a credible, sustainable project for effective offsetting. The project is Infapro, by Face the Future, and is based on improved forest management in Borneo. …  

03 Aug 2012 | News story

Danny on boat

The Big Picture and the Sustainable Development Foundation

Sitting on the prow of a Thai longboat the color of fire and just as hot because of the unsympathetic April sun, I gazed into the abundant mangrove trees, my eyes unfocused, seeing my surroundings more fully. With the red hawks soaring on thermals, fish bouncing along the river surface like skipped rocks, local fishermen hydroplaning by in rainbow mini-boats, and the hypnotizing mangroves with roots like perfectly frayed rope, I can see more if I do not look specifically at any one part of the scene, but let my perception expand to acknowledge the scene as a whole. …  

29 Jul 2012 | Article
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S-VAM training in Thailand

Local Youth Monitor their Mangroves through Innovative Technology

Climate change is transforming the very landscape we once knew. With rising sea temperatures in addition to flooding and erosion along the coast of the Gulf of Thailand, every member of coastal communities has to unite in ways to protect themselves from inevitable disasters. Climate change doesn't just bring about catastrophic disasters, but leads to negative impacts on marine and coastal resources, and in turn community livelihoods. …  

29 Jul 2012 | Article
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BCR Photostream

Coastal Forum 2012

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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?