Project & Senior Staff

WCS first began working in Cambodia in 1999, and now works in partnership with the Cambodian government and other stakeholders in seven conservation projects across the country. The WCS Cambodia Program office is located in Phnom Penh. The Program’s senior staff are listed below:

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Donal Yeang

National REDD+ Specialist
Donal Yeang holds two Masters Degrees in forestry and nature conservation policy from University of Eastern Finland and Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Donal has more than seven years of field experience in forestry including research, analysis, organizing and training local communities and forestry officers on biomass inventory, REDD+ workshops related to tenure rights and benefit sharing, and social assessments. Currently, he is working as a National REDD+ Specialist at Wildlife Conservation Society-Cambodia Programme to provide technical advice for the further development and implementation of Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary (KSWS) REDD+ Demonstration Project and Northern Plains REDD+ initiatives.

Simon Mahood

Technical Advisor
Simon has a Masters of Science in Applied Ecology and Conservation. In more than 10 years of conservation, Simon's greatest achievement has been his discovery of a new bird species (the Cambodian Tailorbird), which lives just outside of Phnom Penh. He thinks that the future of wildlife in Cambodia depends upon Cambodian people, “Now is a really critical time when people have to choose if they want to keep wild places and protect animals like Giant Ibis, Bengal Florican and Eld's Deer, or if they're prepared to let it all go. We've shown in places like Prek Toal, where the waterbird colony has grown massively due to protection that in Cambodia successful conservation is possible. Right now, the future of wildlife is whatever Cambodia wants it to be”.

Sun Visal

Senior Project Officer
Visal has worked for Tonle Sap Conservation Project of Wildlife Conservation Society since 2001, after he graduated from Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) with Bachelor Degree of Forestry Science. He has since demonstrated outstanding performance toward protection and management of Prek Toal Core Area. In the project, he is responsible for the Wildlife Monitoring Program and Capacity Building of the conservation rangers by Developing and Training on the biodiversity monitoring and research, Managing the monthly action plan, Adapting protection activities and Data collection methods through setting up the monitoring program and preparing annual monitoring program report. Visal is proud of his job as he has played a key role in rescuing as well as restoring population of key large waterbirds and other wildlife species at Prek Toal core area of Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve. He also has long term vision in conservation such “I would like to see Prek Toal Core Area is well protected for the young generation and globally recognized and the local community actively participating in conservation."
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