Visal Yoeung and Oleg Shipin, Cambodia


Hello, my name is Visal Yoeung, I was born at the Site Two Camp (Cambodia-Thai border) and later moved to Takhmao City, Kandal Province, near the national capital, where I grew up. I had completed my formal education there. As I was seeing many environmental problems occurring in my country and also globally, I was motivated and encouraged to obtain my bachelor environmental science degree. In 2011,  I have successfully got it at Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), Cambodia. In order to improve further and build up more environmental knowledge, I decided to apply and have been selected to study at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand in the field of  

Environmental Engineering Management. I really appreciate very much that I am more and more aware about the environmental problems and their mitigation.



Hello, my name is Oleg V. SHIPIN, I am a South African with Siberian roots. I work in South East Asia as an Associate professor at the international university - Asian Institute of Technology - since 2002. With my international students I study and enhance environmental management in all the South East Asian region and much wider: from Afghanistan to Papua. And even more than that:  from Colorado to Africa and Australia. My present focus is the environment of Myanmar. With such a range, naturally, Remote Sensing and GIS approach is a must to keep one's finger on ecosystems' pulse  


Main objective:

To propose mitigation measures for the annual ever-increasing filamentous algae blooms in a high profile transboundary Mekong river area, Stung Treng Ramsar wetland in Cambodia (in tandem with a Lao student working on the area of Mekong immediately to the North)

Specific objectives:

To undertake an in-depth study of temporal and geographical extent of the algal bloom phenomena and their impact on local communities/ecosystems by technique of Rural Appraisal guiding further data collection through RS techniques. 

Inform local stakeholders of the major cumulative impact exerted by the uncontrolled algal blooms, particularly when cumulated with other impacts (climate change, pollution, etc).

Support decision-making process leading to mitigation of perceived anthropogenic and climate change-related impacts with regard to livelihood generation and developments for poverty alleviation.