I graduated in 2010 with the Master European Forestry, an international double degree programme. After a year of courses in Finland and an internship in France, I decided to continue my study with Forest and Nature Conservation at Wageningen University.
I finished my bachelor degree in forestry science at the Royal University of Agriculture in Cambodia in 2006 and fortunately, I was awarded an ERASMUS MUNDUS scholarship for master of European Forestry in 2008. As a part of this master program; I had a valuable opportunity to do my internship at the Laboratory of Forest Policy in the French Institution of Forestry, Agriculture and Environmental Engineering (ENGREF) for three months (October-December 2008). This internship program offered me a chance to work and enhance my knowledge about the forest sectors in some European countries. In addition, it also inspired me to be interested in international forest policy issues. After finishing my internship in France, I went to the University of Eastern Finland for my first year study. For my second year study, I decided to choose the Master in Forest and Nature Conservation at Wageningen University because I want to work more on global environmental policies that suite my interest and need for my future career. As a result, I decided to conduct my thesis research on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) which is a key mechanism being negotiated under the United Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at that time. My research focused on social safeguards in REDD+, particularly tenure rights and benefit sharing in REDD+ pilot projects in Cambodia.
After my graduation, I returned to Cambodia and worked as a Senior Carbon Program Officer at Pact where I was involved in planning and implementing the Oddar Meanchey Community Forestry REDD+ project which is the first project in Asia verified under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) guidelines with triple gold level. I also conducted various studies on social safeguards, with aparticular focus on gender in the context of REDD+ implementation and community based measurement & monitoring reporting and verification (M&MRV) in the project as well.
Currently, I am working as a National REDD+ Policy Adviser at Fauna & Flora International (FFI) where I support the development of national REDD+ policies that strengthen the role of local government, civil society organization and communities in Cambodia. Furthermore, I am also involved in the legal review of carbon rights and benefit sharing assessment in REDD+ in Cambodia with the University of Cambridge. The nice thing about my job is that it provides me the opportunity to contribute in the implementation of the Cambodia UN-REDD programme and facilitate REDD+ policy dialogues among stakeholders at national and sub-national levels. Beside these roles, I also have a chance to join various national and international conferences and trainings related to REDD+ to share lesson learned and experiences on REDD+ implementation.