40 Cambodian Practitioners Attend the First Annual Coastal Forum in Thailand

AKP Chantaburi, February 29, 2012 –

Forty (40) Cambodian practitioners have been attending the First Annual Coastal Forum on Building Coastal Resilience in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, which was officially opened this morning in Chataburi province, Thailand.

Dr. Robert Mather, Head of Southeast Asia Group and Project Manager of Build Coastal Resilience Project said it is the first annual forum aimed at sharing and learning experience between community and community and country and country on climate change adaptation.

“Climate change is happening now, and is going to be serious and serious and it can be adapted depend on who you are, where you are and will not resettle by one or two resolutions for all. If the world have 2 million communities it could have hundred or thousand resolutions but some resolutions can be learned from the forum,” he said.

The four-day forum from Feb. 28 to Mar. 2 attracted some 200 participants from Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. Some of the them are from NGOs, government officials, academicians, and mass media representatives.

H.E. Griangdech Khmemtong, Chantaburi Provincial Vice Governor said coastal area is the front line to the climate change, therefore the forum will bring a lot of experience and lesson together for a well preparedness for the climate change adaptation.

H.E. Sout Yea, Deputy Governor of Kampot, one of the coastal provinces of Cambodia, said it is a good opportunity for Cambodian experts, especially those from the coastal areas to learn and share experiences with other experts in the region.

Most the participants in the forum are from Chantaburi and Trat of Thailand, Koh Kong and Kampot of Cambodia, and Kien Giang, Soc Trang, Ben Tre and Can Gio of Vietnam.

All of these provinces are under the project of Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts – Costal Southeast Asia.

Dr. Robert Mather said the second forum will be hosted in Vietnam next year, and the third in Cambodia in 2014.

By KHAN Sophirom

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