In Cambodia, remnants of 12th-century temples share the countryside with wild forests and agricultural villages. Diverse ecosystems from the Bokor Mountains to the mighty Mekong River harbor rare species such as the Asian elephant, sun bear, and endangered Irrawaddy dolphin. The Tonle Sap Lake swells to eight times its size each year, creating a dynamic seasonal shift for the communities of fishers and farmers who call this region home.
Cambodia is extremely vulnerable to climate change. This, along with rapid development, has led to decreased food security, a loss of traditional knowledge, and the destruction of critical habitats. Organized community efforts and ethical governance are needed to reverse these trends. SFS research in Cambodia seeks to inform a viable future that balances human needs and biodiversity conservation.