From 17 to 20 July 2012, MWD/IUCN Cambodia office provided technical and financial support to the Department of Wetlands and Coastal Zones (DWCZ) of the Ministry of Environment (MoE) to organize a capacity development training course on Ranger-Based Data Collection (RBDC) for MoE local rangers who are working based at Boeung Chhmar Ramsar Site (BCRS) of the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve, Tonle Sap Great Lake.
The capacity building course was designed to provide basic understanding on wetland conservation philosophy; to refresh the basic understanding of key wildlife and fish identification, their key habitats and threats; to train on the basic navigation tool usage of GPS (Global Positioning System); to improve the capacity of observing and recording information of key/endangered wildlife (both aquatic and terrestrial) and fish, and human activities, using MIST data book. MIST is a spatial Management Information System software programme, designed to support storing and processing of RBDC data (Schmitt and Salle 2002), specifically for Protected Area Management, and to assess the capacity of Boeung Chhmar rangers by conducting pre and post testing.
With the participation of fifteen MoE trainees (one deputy site director and fourteen rangers), the four-day course was successful in both class room lecturing and practical fieldwork. All participants passed the course and most understood the delivery of basic ranger skills and gained more competence and confidence to carry out their daily work to manage a globally important site for wetland ecosystem conservation.
After the course, twelve outstanding local rangers were selected in order to carry out the pilot intervention of IUCN/MWD Cambodia, focusing on Biodiversity and Fishery Resources Monitoring in Boeung Chhmar Ramsar Site. They will implement survey activities on a monthly basis, under technical supervision from the MWD/IUCN field coordinator, to collect key information on biodiversity and fishery resources, supporting the decision making process for effective site management.
Date: 25 july 2012
By: Sorn Pheakdey
MWD Field Coordinator