Dr LONN Pichdara

Former Director

Dr. Lonn Pichdara was Director of the Centre for Natural Resources and Environment at CDRI. Dr. Pichdara led a regional research project on water diplomacy supported by the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation and conducted a three-year impact evaluation study on climate change programmes relating to poverty, vulnerability and gender with Cambodia’s Ministry of Rural Development and the UNDP Bangkok regional hub. Dr. Pichdara obtained his Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Forest Management from Kyushu University, Japan, in 2012 and 2018. His areas of research interest are mainly agriculture, forests, community-based natural resource management, forest dependents, fishery resource dependents, water governance, climate change, clean energy, green development, and other environmental and natural resource issues in Cambodia and the wider region. He has published research articles in many international journals covering ecological economics, forests, water and sustainability.

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Other CDRI Publications

The purpose of this assessment report on gender equality and climate change is to analyse the gendered impacts of climate change and to raise awareness about the benefits of, and need for gender-responsive climate action. The study has two main objectives: i) to strengthen country-driven processes by presenting more evidence of the links betwe...

Cambodia Development Review 24 - 4

In this article, we introduce the MRC water diplomacy framework and provide an overview of its governance structure, present three case studies of hydropower dam projects illustrating implementation of the MRC water diplomacy framework, and discuss the challenges affecting the MRC’s ability to implement water diplomacy effectively. The insights gai...

Cambodia Development Review 24 - 2

This article draws on a qualitative study conducted to assess the impact of climate change programs in Cambodia, including the MRD’s pilot program in Kampong Svay district (CDRI, MRD and UNDP 2019). It summarises the main lessons learned and discusses the main factors hindering poor and vulnerable program beneficiaries from replicating demonstr...

Working Paper 93

Cambodia is divided into four agro-ecological zones—the Tonle Sap plain, Mekong plain, mountains/plateau and coast—representing heterogeneous agricultural activity, population and livelihood systems (UNDP 2011b). Climate change impacts and the adaptive capacity of the people differ from one zone to another. Adaptation measures have v...


The Cambodia water scarcity profile is a stock-taking exercise designed to understand what water scarcity challenges exist in the country and what is the current approach of government to managing water scarcity. The focus is on understanding the policy instruments available and how effective planning and management measures have been in addressing...


Under technical and financial support of UNEP and UNWOMEN, the assessment report is “a tool” to raise awareness about the benefits, advantages and need for gender-responsive climate action, analyse gendered impacts of climate change, and suggest ways to enhance and mainstream gender equality into climate-relevant sectoral policies. Besides, th...


Community based ecotourism has been considered as an effective natural resource governance policy for both forest conservation and livelihood improvement, and increasing trend worldwide. The Royal Government of Cambodia has been promoting and establishing community based ecotourism sites (CBET) across the countries. Preah Nimith CBET is locate...


Working to support Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), CNRE contributes to developing a comprehensive report on the status of climate change in the ASEAN region, which provides an overall outlook on the state of play of climate change in the context of the ASEAN region and can support ASEAN member state (AMS) and join the pro...


This proposed project will run for two years from June 2019 to May 2021. The study will be conducted by a research consortium comprised of institutions from Cambodia, China, Laos (PDR), Thailand, Vietnam, which all of these countries are Lancang-Mekong country members. Following are the research questions developed to tackle the objectives of t...


Climate change programs have been implemented in the affected countries to reduce the negative impacts and to make the communities resilient to climate change. The Ministry of Rural Development of Cambodia has been running two climate change programs: 1.) Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR) - The five-year Mekong River Island Connec...