Wetlands have a wide variety of ecological functions that support economic activities, including agriculture and fisheries, and they play a key role in maintaining water cycle and protecting inland areas from flooding. Many wetlands are important as filtering systems cleaning up polluted water and removing silt, further improving water quality. Cambodia's wetlands are important sanctuaries for birds and other species of wildlife not commonly found in other countries in the world.
Before joined WWT, I was a Technical member of the REDD+ Cambodia Programme, supporting monitoring and capacity building through GIS and Remote Sensing. Prior to this I worked as a Field Project Officer for BirdLife International’s Cambodia Program, based at Western Siem Pang Wildlife Sanctuary, as project officer leading the biodiversity research team and overseeing education and awareness raising for local communities. During this time, I also gained experience collaborating with government stakeholders at national and sub-national levels to conduct law enforcement.
As a Research Officer in Cambodia, I implement the research plans for Protected Areas and landscape scale assessments in the Cambodian Lower Mekong Delta. This includes conducting field research, working with external consultants, managing databases, helping to develop research plans, and coordinating and training field monitoring teams.
I act as WWT’s connection point to link our wetland research to other scientific platforms and initiatives in Cambodia and elsewhere.