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Conservation and Environment in Cambodia: Rapport mensuel

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Cambodia Marine Conservation Project – November 2012

Conservation in Cambodia

Training for seahorse surveys continued, as did identification dives on the reef. ¬31 seahorse surveys this month alone kept the volunteers very busy and all the trained volunteers helped to train new arrivals in both seahorse and reef surveys. The change in weather this month has opened up some of our favourite dive sites and the volunteers are all keen to get involved.

Diving

Conservation Projects

Seahorse Surveys

Training and surveys keeps the volunteers busy normally, but 31 surveys this month was a success all the volunteers shared. We were able to successfully train new arrivals while keeping surveys going. Some observations of rarer seahorse species gave the volunteers more motivation.

Training and surveys keeps the volunteers busy normally, but 31 surveys this month was a success all the volunteers shared. We were able to successfully train new arrivals while keeping surveys going. Some observations of rarer seahorse species gave the volunteers more motivation.

Reef Surveys

Local children

The changing weather patterns allowed us to continue diving on the reef. Although we still focus on seahorse population assessments, we are now able to access the reef again and start to monitor fish and invertebrate populations, as well as substrate composition and reef health. Training for identification in both seahorse and reef surveys is time consuming but all the volunteers have been especially keen in trying to learn everything in time to survey this month.

Working concurrently with this is extending the current list of species found in the area around the island. The volunteers are keen to help out and have been participating in species identification dives in order to recognise new or rare species.

Clean Ups

Longbeach continues to be the most susceptible to the wind and rubbish this month. The amount of rubbish from coastal towns on the mainland meant the volunteers were having daily bonfires in an effort to manage the clean-up and keep the beach looking beautiful. Regular cleans around the project site and dive sites also give a good example for the village.

Nudibranch

Community Projects

Teaching

Learning English has been so popular it has resulted in two lessons each day. This means more volunteers get the chance to be involved and also makes planning more effective as age groups are more appropriately split up. Weekly lesson plans from the volunteers gives a nice sense of continuity for the children and makes it easy for volunteers to participate. This month the kids learnt about body parts and animals. Friday Fun Days continue to be the most popular with swimming and games.

Village fun day

Other stuff…

The wedding of our boat captain this month was a big party for the village and the volunteers. The volunteers loved being a part of this celebration and got some insight into something more traditional in Khmer culture. The bride and groom were so happy and the party continued well into the night.

Ali Barlow
Project Coordinator, Cambodia

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