Conservation, Ethics, and Environmental Change
August 27 - December 5
January 28 - May 8
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The SFS Center for Conservation and Development Studies is a spacious compound integrated into the vibrant community of Siem Reap. Students hone their bartering skills in the city’s markets and spend time exploring the famed temples of Angkor as well as fishing villages and wildlife sanctuaries on the Tonlé Sap Lake. Our urban location in Siem Reap, as well as our partnership with local Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia, provides SFS students with a variety of opportunities to immerse themselves in Cambodian culture and engage in community projects.
August 27 - December 5
January 28 - May 8
July 9 - August 8
Resident Lecturer, Ecosystems and Livelihoods
Students were able to learn about the characteristic flora and fauna of these vulnerable ecosystems while immersed in them.
Once known as the Serengeti of Asia, these plains traditionally supported a large quantity of grassland animals—predators such as tigers, leopards and dholes; ungulates such as gaur, banteng, Eld’s deer and sambar; scavengers such as critically endangered vultures and jackals; and the critical but often overlooked decomposers, the termite family. In addition, some of Cambodia’s rarest avifauna nest in this landscape…Learn More
Currently Cambodia faces major environmental challenges which include unsustainable patterns of natural resource use, biodiversity loss, climate change, and the growing pains associated with increased community participation in conservation and development.
The natural and human landscapes of Cambodia are changing rapidly. With such rapid change, few studies are available that reflect present day realities. Contemporary research is needed to achieve and maintain environmental sustainability. The SFS Center for Conservation and Development Studies in the Lower Mekong is uniquely placed to provide formative baseline research to support partners in Cambodia.
Research at the Center explores environmental governance and natural resource management, biodiversity conservation and ecology, the human-environment nexus, and sustainable tourism development. Working with government partners, community members, indigenous groups, international conservation organizations, and other key stakeholders, our faculty and students seek to analyze strategies—particularly community-based participatory approaches—for sustainable development and conservation.
How uniquely valuable this intimate opportunity is—
—to work with and learn from passionate ecologists, biologists, and sociologists from drastically different backgrounds. For all our diversity, these differences make us strong. We’re able to spend tuk tuk rides and bus trips intoxicated by spirited debates about ethics and orientalism, compassionate ecology and ubiquitous spirituality. I’ve never felt anything like this before.Taylor Walker
The SFS Center for Conservation and Development Studies collaborates with a wide variety of local and international conservation and development organizations, including government agencies, NGOs, and local Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (PUC). Center faculty and students offer research outputs and recommendations on a range of environmental issues in the community, many of which lack baseline studies.
Our urban location in Siem Reap also offers students the opportunity to participate in community clean-up days, take traditional dance classes, and attend festivals and performances. Homestays and frequent visits to bustling markets give students a chance to practice their Khmer language skills and get a taste of Cambodian cuisine.
The SFS Center for Conservation and Development Studies is a private compound situated on a small side street close to the vibrant city of Siem Reap. The Center resembles a boutique hotel with distinct Cambodian flair, and provides the ideal base camp for excursions and activities throughout the region, including the World Heritage Site of Angkor, the diverse riverine and terrestrial ecosystems of the Lower Mekong Basin, and the fishing villages and wildlife reserves of the Tonlé Sap Lake.
May 4, 2018