Tonle Sap Lake is the largest flood-pulsed freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, supporting the livelihoods of millions of people living on and around the lake. However, recent changes in the lake water environment due to deterioration of water quality and decline in biological resources have caused various problems to local people living in floating villages along the lake, particularly on their health and livelihoods. This awareness raising Leaflets have been developed in the form of Calendar 2021, aimed at improving awareness of people, particularly school-children, living on and around Tonle Sap Lake about the necessity and importance of clean water supply, proper sanitation and good hygiene on public health.
The Leaflets, both in English and Khmer version, have been developed as part of the project “Establishment of Environmental Conservation Platform of Tonle Sap Lake” under the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) Program, funded by the Government of Japan (SATREPS - JICA/JST Grant number JPMJSA1503). Under the scheme, a transdisciplinary research consortium involving universities and research institutes in Japan and Cambodia and governmental agencies in Cambodia has implemented the project. In Japan, the project is led by Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) in collaboration with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and Yamagata University (YU). In Cambodia, the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC) is leading the project in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment (MOE), Tonle Sap Authority (TSA), the Ministry of Water Resource and Meteorology (MOWRM), Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MOEYS), and the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP).
A Policy Report, reflecting some key findings and evidence-based policy recommendations from this SATREPS project can also be found at: https://www.iges.or.jp/en/pub/tonlesapsatreps/en
In addition, a video clip on this SATREPS Project has also been developed, which gives a better understanding on the recent environmental changes in Tonle Sap Lake, their impacts on local people, livelihoods and public health, as well as facilitates discussion on necessary countermeasures for addressing these problems.