Elephant conservation and indigenous experiences in Cambodia: Shaping environmental awareness through participatory filmmaking with young people (University Impact Fund)

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Planned activities build on the GCRF project “Participatory film and elephant conservation in Cambodia” (2020-2021), which enabled young Cambodians to produce films exploring pressing environmental challenges in Cambodia. These include (and focus our impact strategy) on intersecting SDG challenges of deforestation, the loss of wildlife habitats and the experiences of stigmatised indigenous communities. The films produced represent powerful advocacy tools to address these. While the project has realised significant impact ‘upward’ to policy audiences and publics (films were used by the UK DMC to support preparation for COP26; film awards include “Best Environmental Impact”), work is required to embed and evaluate the impact of the project ‘downward’. Proposed activities build two new partnerships with a) CKS, a key academic and librarian user group and b) a key advocacy group, CIPO. Proposed activities: 1) screening events at CKS and CIPO to engage public, academic, and indigenous audiences living within ‘at risk’ forest areas. This will advertise the availability of the films in CKS and CIPO public library facilities (in areas home to a majority indigenous population) as advocacy tools for use by groups most affected by environmental challenges i.e. deforestation. These events will include 3) a survey of screening attendees to gauge attitudinal change on environmental harms, and to conduct “in reach” on the use of the films as advocacy tools.
Short title4703.16
Effective start/end date1/01/221/07/22

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UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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