River Guards in Cambodia refine skills as result of Navigation Training Course



Posted on 12 June 2014
River Guards and WWF-Cambodia staff at March 2014 Navigation Training.
River Guards and WWF-Cambodia staff at March 2014 Navigation Training.
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Charged with protecting the 190km stretch of the Mekong River from Kratie Town to the Laos border, river guards of the Cambodian Fisheries Administration’s Dolphin Conservation Division must be up to date on a variety of technical skills. Trainings held in March 2014 by WWF GMPO’s Law Enforcement Technical Advisor, with support from Siphandone, Stung Treng, Kratie (SSK) Landscape staff, provided an opportunity for the river guards who missed the May 2013 training to get up to speed on basic navigation skills, the SMART program, and Ranger Based Data Collection (RBDC). Two trainings were held, one in Stung Treng and the other in Kratie Province, and were led by Crispian Barlow, the WWF Technical Advisor for Protected Areas Enforcement.

The trainings consisted of presentations focusing on the more theoretical lessons mixed with hands-on training where river guards could apply their skills. In particular, the portion of the training on navigation skills concentrated on understanding map symbols and scales, and using both compasses and GPS units correctly. In the afternoon, a review of the SMART program helped the river guards understand how to report data according to the system’s software. Finally, the section on RBDC focused on instructing the guards how to fill out the forms efficiently and correctly.

A total of 65 river guards were in attendance and overall these trainings were considered an effective approach to elevating their skills. By meeting together in person, participants were able to practice with the actual equipment and receive more feedback due to their work in small groups. Given the success of these trainings, it was recommended that further training courses be held for the River Guards who have been transferred to Fisheries Administration from the former Dolphin Commission.
River Guards and WWF-Cambodia staff at March 2014 Navigation Training.
River Guards and WWF-Cambodia staff at March 2014 Navigation Training.
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Group analyzing a map of the river at the March 2014 Navigation Training for river guards in Cambodia.
Group analyzing a map of the river at the March 2014 Navigation Training for river guards in Cambodia.
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Phay Somany and Crispian Barlow teaching the River Guards map reading techniques.
Phay Somany and Crispian Barlow teaching the River Guards map reading techniques.
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