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The Lower Mekong Basin, extending over most of Cambodia and incorporating the great Tonle Sap Lake, hosts diverse ecosystems, including lowland evergreen forests, dry dipterocarp forests, seasonally flooded gallery forests, and estuarine mangroves which give rise to the Indo-Burma global biodiversity hotspot. Students examine the dynamics and ethical challenges surrounding environmental change and development in the Lower Mekong Basin. They also learn about the complexity of Cambodia's struggle to balance biodiversity, development, and human needs.
Travel across Cambodia, studying the diverse ecosystems and livelihoods of the Lower Mekong Basin
Evaluate opportunities and challenges in tourism development while exploring the resplendent Khmer temple complex of Angkor, the world's largest pre-industrial urban complex
Participate in baseline biodiversity surveys in the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve, and investigate the status of migratory bird species
Stay in bungalows at a community fishery project in coastal Cambodia to learn about community-based natural resource management and plant mangroves along the tidal flats of the Gulf of Thailand
Explore Cat Tien National park in Vietnam, visiting a primate rehabilitation center and learning about indigenous peoples' connections with forests from Chau Ma elders