Sary Mom takes a deep and methodical look at the inner workings of
Community Protected Areas in Cambodia. Through careful analysis of the
local dynamics of the people living in the Toul Korki commune in the Peam
Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary, Sary Mom astutely assesses why some Community
Protected Areas succeed while others fail to live up to their promises. Her
insightful observations and recommendations off er hope that mangrove
conservation can indeed coexist with secure and sustainable local livelihoods.
Growing up in remote rural Cambodia Sary Mom was tempted at a
young age to leave school for factory work. Encouragement from teachers
and family motivated her to instead complete her Bachelors in English
Literature from the University of Cambodia and Master of Arts in Social
Science from Chiang Mai University, Thailand. She first began looking
at coastal resource management issues in 2011 while working at the
Ministry of Environment, Cambodia, where she is currently employed.