Assisted Natural Regeneration in Cambodia

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Most of the community forests of Cambodia are very degraded which strongly limits the potential of income generating activities for the communities to sustainably manage their forest resources.

In collaboration with Bagong Pagasa Foundation from the Philippines, GERES is promoting Assisted Natural Regeneration to the members of the community forests supported by its projects. Last September, the members of the community forestry sites of Bong Kong Kmom and Cheu Teal as well as the provincial staffs from the Forestry Administration of Pursat were trained to Assisted Natural Regeneration techniques on the field.

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FloWood: a study of biomass energy demand patterns in Cambodia

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FloWoodIt is quite lamentable that the biggest contributor – biomass – to Cambodia’s total energy mix is also one that gets probably the least attention among researchers and government alike.

Biomass energy makes up 70 percent of Cambodia’s energy consumption, more than 90 percent of which – according to FloWood: A Study of Biomass Energy Demand Patterns in Cambodia undertaken by GERES from the middle of 2013 till end-2014 – is supplied by woodfuel (firewood and charcoal), representing 4.3 million tons (or 2 million ton oil equivalent) of Cambodia’s primary wood consumption annually.


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The struggle to ensure QUALITY in QUALITY-testing centers in the Mekong region

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Photo-6As industries in countries in the Mekong region begin to compete in the global stage, they also unfortunately realize that their products – measured by laboratories in their own countries which most often do not comply with international testing standards – do not measure up to recognized global standards. This non-conformation of laboratories with internationally-recognized testing quality standards presents a “technical barrier to trade,” a fact recognized by the World Trade Organization.

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Cambodian Youth and Coffee and talks on Climate Change

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photo screen grabbed from Politikoffee’s Facebook page

On June 13th, a group of young Cambodians sat wide-eyed listening to a presentation that opened their mind to that phenomenon that EVERYBODY in the world is talking about – climate change.

More than 20 members of Politikoffee, a youth organization that meet up once a week – over coffee (and not alcohol as is common among many Cambodian youth!) – to discuss and debate on pertinent political issues affecting Cambodian society, gathered and diverged for once from their usual politics talks, and talked about the earth’s climate and how its warming is affecting – and could further affect – humanity.

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