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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[NLS Story Series] Cooking up beautiful transformations

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The NLS story series tells of stories of people – their past, their struggles, and most of all, their successes and hopes – in rural Cambodia and how their beautiful journey is in part defined by their having crossed paths with the New Lao Stove.

The stories of Ouk Chan and Sok Un Thy, NLS users.

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Three GERES project staff members weigh in on the Sustainable Forest Management project

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SFM-11The Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Project by the United Nations Development Programme, Global Environment Facility, and Cambodia’s Forestry Administration supports the National Forest Programme’s goal to cover 2 million hectares in Cambodia with decentralized forest management. Aiming to strengthen community-based SFM in Community Forests (CFs) and Community Protected Areas (CPAs), the SFM project – among others – develops capacity of local communities to manage the CFs and CPAs in accordance to the management plans, and supports business development and profitable enterprise development in CFs and CPAs to generate employment and income for local communities, in select project areas around the Cardamom mountains in the provinces of Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Speu, Battambang and Pursat.

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