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The Living Mekong

Cambodia & Vietnam

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Conservation, Water & Development in a Changing Climate

  • While there are high levels of biodiversity in the lower Mekong, conservation efforts are only just beginning and environmental policies have yet to be fully developed. Vietnam and Cambodia, both newly emerging post-conflict nations with growing economies, are engaged in aggressive development. Each country’s path toward prosperity will have distinct yet profound effects on the natural and cultural landscapes of the region and the livelihoods of rural residents. Drivers of environmental change in the lower Mekong—whether urban expansion, tourism, or climate change—will influence the development trajectories for current and future generations. A fundamental focus of this program will be identifying these drivers and ways to mitigate the damage to natural systems while maintaining human livelihoods.
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    The Living Mekong

    Cambodia & Vietnam

    The School for Field Studies program in Cambodia and Vietnam gives students an understanding of the science behind local issues in water resources, climate change, food production, land use, and biodiversity. Through research, SFS faculty and students will play a critical role in capacity-building through education, benchmarking environmental conditions, and monitoring the rapid changes to natural systems within this vibrant region.

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