International Crane Foundation

East Asia

South/Southeast Asia


South and Southeast Asia are home to Sarus Cranes, as well as Black-necked Cranes, and wintering Demoiselle and Eurasian Cranes. Vulnerable Sarus Cranes face a myriad of challenges across their range, including loss of wetlands due to agricultural development and reduced water flows, as well as egg removal, power line collisions, pesticide poisoning and other direct threats.


Strong cultural ties to cranes and wetlands in India, Nepal, Cambodia, and Vietnam provide unique opportunities to engage people in the conservation of these intensely settled landscapes using the Sarus Crane as a flagship species, which in turn also benefits local communities and other species. Our work includes (click here to learn more about these activities in South/Southeast Asia):

  • Securing the Sarus Crane population in South Asia through community-supported conservation practices and governmental policies that maintain the rich biodiversity of agricultural landscapes.
  • Supporting the growth of Southeast Asia’s population of Sarus Cranes through community-based conservation efforts and broader Mekong River initiatives to protect important wetlands.
  • Monitoring the status of cranes and their habitats from South Asia to Australia and implementing conservation strategies to address emerging threats.


Our work in South/Southeast Asia is led by the staff of the International Crane Foundation and trusted local partners.

Le Bach Mai

Bach Mai Le
Vietnam Office Manager

Swati Kittur

Swati Kittur
GIS/Database Manager


Spike Millington
Vice President
International – Asia
(Asia and Headquarters)

Leav Phalen

Leav Phalen
Cambodia Office Manager

Gopi Sundar

Dr. Gopi Sundar
Director of SaruScape


Dr. Tran Triet
Southeast Asia Program Coordinator
(Headquarters and Vietnam)


Nature Conservation Foundation


Wetland University Network


Crane Specialist Group


Click on the links below for additional background and in-depth research on our work in South/Southeast Asia.

Nature Conservation Foundation: Cranes and Wetlands

SarusScape Publications


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