Zeb Hogan, host of National Geographic's Monster Fish, has confirmed his avaiability to give a key note lecture in the WAIC conference.
Zeb, is a Research Assistant Professor in the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received his PhD in Ecology from the University of California in 2004. Zeb has workd extensively in the lower Mekong River Basin, studying the giant Mekong Catfish and other large fish of the Lower Mekong. He was a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Environmental Risk Assessment Program at Thailand's Chiang Mai university, a WWF senior freshwater fellow and serves as a United nations Convention on Migratory Species Councilo for Fish.
As a result of his work in Cambodia, Tahiland and Laos, the capture of the Mekong giant catfish is now illegal in these countries. Zeb's reseearch has been published in Nature, Science, Conservation Biology, the Environmental Biology of Fishes and a number of popular magazines.
The Cambodian Ministry of Envrionment and the Cambodian Fisheries Administration have agreed to co-host the upcoming Wetlands Conference.
The Ministry of Environment (MoE) is the country's lead agency for wetlands management and conservation. Its department of Wetlands and Coastal Zones is the focal point for the Ramsar convention and thus the lead agenciy for the country's deisgnated Ramsar sites, two of which are among the key geographic areas of the Wetlands Alliance in Cambodia
The Fisheries Administration (FiA) has been a key partner in the Alliance since its inception in 2006, playing a crucial role on the local and national level in developing and testing approaches for better and sustainable wetlands management through community participation and gender mainstreaming. Covering about 30 percent of the country, seasonal and permanent wetlands in Cambodia sustain one of the world's largest fresh water fisheries that significantly contributes to the country's economy, providing employment and income to unto six million people.
Recognising this crucial interconnectivity between wetlands and the well-being of the Cambodian people, FiA worked within the Wetlands Alliance to promote sustainable use and management of wetlands through enhancement of local community’s capacity and livelihood security.
The Alliance is exprsses its gratitude to H.E. Say Samal, Minister for Environment and H.E Eng Cheasan, Director General Fisheries Administration for their support in hosting the conference.