Cambodia Current Affairs - 2020

Cambodian NGO Receive ‘Development Marketplace Award’ from World Bank Group and SVRI

A WhatsApp chatline named ‘SMARTgirl Chatline’ was implemented by a Research Team from Cambodian NGO- KHANA Centre for Population Health Research. The ‘Smartgirl Chatline’ offered 24 hours response and support against gender-based violence to female entertainment workers in Cambodia.

A cash reward of USD 100,000 was provided by the World Bank Group & SVRI- Sexual Violence Research Initiative under the Development Marketplace Award to NGO KHANA Centre for Population Health and Research for implementation of ‘Smartgirl Chatline’.

Development Marketplace Award

The Development Marketplace Award is an annual global competition under which cash reward is provided to researchers for finding preventing innovative solutions for individuals and communities from gender-based violence.

The Development Marketplace Award competition is organized and funded jointly by the World Bank Group and SVRI.

From evidences that have emerged, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted to a lack of access to services and restrictions in freedom of movement across the world, as a result, gender-based violence against female across the world has intensified.

In the last 4 years, under the Development Marketplace Award, USD 5 Million has been awarded to research programs in more than 32 low and middle-income countries across the world.

Thailand names Siamese Fighting Fish its National Aquatic Animal

The government of Thailand has approved the proposal to name Siamese fighting fish as the National Aquatic Animal. The decision for based on the recommendation of the National Identity Committee of Thailand which promotes Thai cultural pride forwarded its endorsement of the fighting fish.

The government has approved the proposal owing to the cultural and historical significance of the Siamese fighting fish for Thailand. The Siamese fighting fish was chosen as it’s a native, unique species to the kingdom’s waters and an important animal for Thailand’s economy.

Siamese Fighting Fish

The Siamese fighting fish commonly known as the betta is a popular fish in the aquarium trade. The Siamese fighting fish is native to the Mekong basin of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and mostly found at Chao Phraya river in Thailand.

The Siamese fighting fish was registered as intangible cultural heritage by the Cultural Ministry in 2013. The designation of Siamese fighting fish as Thailand’s national aquatic animal could help boost both conservation efforts and commercial breeding.

The IUCN status of the Siamese fighting fish is Vulnerable. The threats to the Siamese Fighting Fish include Human intrusions & disturbances, Natural system modifications through the construction of Dams Presence of Invasive and other problematic species, genes & diseases, Pollution due to domestic & urban wastewater, Industrial & military effluents and Agricultural & forestry effluents.