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Women at the core of protecting forests, reducing carbon emissions

KAMPONG CHHNANG - “If we have forests, we have life,” 61 year old Saing Mao harps Cambodia’s national creed as a testament to women’s increasing awareness and involvement in protecting its forests. Saing Mao, Vice Chair of her commune’s Community Forest Management Committee (CFMC), is one of hundredmore

From a water scarce to a water supplier – a tale of one Cambodian village

Kampong Speu - The late morning heat was building up and Nuon Chhuon realized it’s time to give his pigs a shower. “They need to be hosed at least three times a day to cool off,” the 69-year-old farmer said, referring to the 10 piglets that were busy competing for their mother’s milk in the pen. “Mymore

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Eco-tourism gives women a new lease on life

Siem Reap – When it was her turn, Tooch Yi maneuvered her wooden boat to the dock to pick up two tourists and began paddling away. Other women paddlers followed suit in an orderly fashion to give visitors a tour of the flooded forest in Kampong Phluk commune in northern Cambodia. In this floodemore

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Cambodian Buddhist monk wins UNDP environmental award

Holding burning incense sticks in his hands, Buddhist monk Bun Saluth chanted a ritual normally held for Cambodians seeking good luck. But this time the subject blessed by his holy water was not a person. It was a three-metre python he bought from a farmer who was about to sell it as food. “Go, go, more

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Solar panels bring lights to rural homes

KAMPONG CHHNANG – Using generator to recharge car batteries is the common method of how rural households that still remain off the national grid get electricity. But in Kampong Chhnang province, the utility has just gotten a little hi-tech. In Por and Trabek villages, located on an island in Tonle Smore

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Backyard fish farm – an answer to food insecurity in rural areas

SIEM REAP – In the past when he needed fish for his wife to cook food, Mr. Say Sorn would fetch a net to cast in the canal in his village. These days he can just get it right from his backyard – a landscape occupied by a giant water filtration tank, hatching containers, and 12 fish ponds holding altmore

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Crop diversification builds stronger communities to tackle climate change

Preah Vihear– The sun has just emerged in the horizon but Cambodian farmer Tum Heng was already working in full swing in his vegetable garden. After watering the vegetables, he made his rounds fetching cow manure to spread on newly paved rows where yard-long bean and cucumber were going to be on. Thmore

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Solar-powered pumps bring water into rural homes in Cambodia

Kratie – Clean water is a commodity often hard to come by for Cambodians living in the countryside. For the most part, running water is simply unheard of. That is beginning to change now for many villagers in Kratie province, about 315 kilometers northeast of the capital Phnom Penh. Pumping systems more

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Villagers’ delight over restored water reservoir to boost farming

Svay Rieng – For the first time in nearly a decade, Neang Tey and her fellow villagers are able to grow rice two times per season in Tuol Sdey commune, Svay Rieng province. Water shortage used to force them to journey far from home to seek job. But a recently built water spillway – a concrete wall tmore

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Drip irrigation helps address villagers’ farming challenges

Siem Reap – It was mid-afternoon and Ms. Sim Eang, 42, was preparing to water the eggplants she is growing in her front lawn. Normally, she would make rounds of carry buckets of water on her shoulder to feed the plants, but not anymore. Her family is among the 25 households of people with disabilitymore