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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Phien Sayon
GIS & SMART Technical Lead
Sayon earned a Bachelor Degree in GIS, Remote Sensing and Database, and a Masters Degree in Law. He is a remote sensing expert and has been involved in conservation since 2008. Sayon aims to see endangered species increase and the loss of their habitat prevented. His biggest achievement is doing Mapping and Spatial Support for WCS, Cambodia Program.
Sitha Som
Technical Advisor, Koh Kong and Mekong conservation project
Sitha gained his Masters Degree in Environmental Management in New Zealand. He has successfully managed many conservation projects on freshwater turtles and tortoises both in Cambodia and Laos. He has also authored a number of reports and journal papers and has been a member of the IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group (TFTSG) since 2008. Both from a personal and practical perspective, Sitha believes that conservation can save endangered species from extinction. He has been involved in conservation for eleven years.
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.
Mengey Eng
Communications Manager
Mengey joins Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Cambodian Program as Communications Officer, and has been serving in various communications roles for more than seven years, ranging from Communications Volunteer to Manager position. He holds Bachelor degree of English for Professional Communications at Institute of Foreign Language (IFL), Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) and Bachelor degree of Forestry Science at Royal University of Agriculture (RUA). “Together we can preserve Cambodia’s valuable forest resources and key wildlife species for the next generation. Public awareness has significantly contributed to improving conservation efforts around the globe over decades.”
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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