Project Profile: TLSCC

Maintaining Productivity and Incomes in the Tonle Sap Fishery in the Face of Climate Change


Principal Investigators: Lee Hannah, Conservation International and University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
Partners: Kevin McCann, University of Guelph, Canada
Sovan Lek, Université Paul Sabatie, France
Evan Fraser, University of Guelph, Canada
Robert Pomeroy, University of Connecticut, United States
U. Rashid Sumalia, University of British Columbia, Canada
Christopher Costello, University of California, Santa Barbara, United State
Les Kaufman, Boston University, United States
Kirk Winemiller,Texas A&M University, United States
So Nam, Mekong River Commission, Cambodia
Chhoueth Khunleap, University of Battambang, Cambodia
Michael Cooperman, Conservation International, United States
Veasna Kum, Mekong Institute of Cambodia, Cambodia
Sponsors: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canada
French National Research Agency, France
National Science Foundation, United States


Full Project Title: Maintaining Productivity and Incomes in the Tonle Sap Fishery in the Face of Climate Change
Full Call Title: Freshwater2012


Project Objective: TLSCC proposes to (i) construct a general theory for understanding the social and ecological implications of truly indiscriminate fisheries under climate change, and; (ii) develop and test a specific application of this theory for the important case of the Tonle Sap fishery, Cambodia. Social impact in Cambodia will result by informing implementation of recent major management changes that have converted privately held fishing lots into community fisheries. Internationally, the results will inform similar systems that feed and provide income for millions of people by revealing management tools effective in heavily exploited, dynamic freshwater fisheries as climate changes.
Call Objective: This call was created to address the following:

- Identification and characterization of the interactions between natural processes and human practices that govern water budgeting in selected regions;

- Development of approaches that support the evolution of resilient communities/regions through improved seasonal forecasting of droughts, taking into account natural and socio-economic drivers.


Regions: Asia
Countries: Cambodia


Duration: 36 months
Call Date: 2012
Project Award Date: 2012