The SEABCRU Flying Fox Workshop in Phnom Penh last week (October 17th-19th) was a great success, with 24 participants drawn from NGOs, universities, ministries and research institutes from Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. We had an intense three days with activities intended to insure that by the end of the workshop participants could:
- assess the size of flying fox colonies
- initiate dietary studies and ecosystems service evaluations
- be aware of disease ecology research opportunities and be able to conduct bat research safely
- work with different stakeholders in fruit bat-farmer conflict management
- use Darwin Core Format for data and be able to contribute to the SEABCRU database.
The workshop made the front cover of the Cambodian Daily (attached below), and was featured in the Phnom Penh Post — the two main English language newspapers in Cambodia, greatly promoting both bat conservation and the SEABCRU.
Taking count of cambodias Flying fox bats (Cambodia Daily coverage)
I am still pulling together the workshop report, but in the mean time here are some photos of events