Cambodia reviews its draft national environment strategy

On August 10th, more than 150 national stakeholders gathered in Phnom Penh to review the first draft of Cambodia’s new National Environmental Strategy and Action Plan (NESAP).

The NESAP prioritizes policy and financing tools as part of a framework to ensure that economic development is efficient, sustainable, and inclusive over the next 8-years. It will be the first national environmental strategy for the country in more than a decade.

Government officials from multiple ministries as well as development partner representatives attended the national consultation workshop, which was organized by the Ministry of Environment with support from the GMS Core Environment Program. Opening remarks were made by the H.E Say Samal, Minster of Environment, 

Some of the key messages from the event included:

  • Cambodia’s economy remains highly dependent on natural resources and further degradation of the environment will affect the country’s ability to sustain socioeconomic growth and impact negatively on local communities.
  • The NESAP is a timely response to the drivers and pressures on natural resources and the environment.
  • The draft NESAP is based on robust science and analyses and is both strategic and practical in its prioritization of issues and risk management options.
  • The NESAP confirms that a ‘business as usual’ scenario is not a viable option for Cambodia and behavior change (individual, institutional, public and private) is essential.  The current narrow economic base in Cambodia provides opportunities to introduce and reinforce green growth and sustainable development approaches.
  • Investments need to be made in areas such as environmentally-friendly technology, waste management, developing green markets and infrastructure, and stimulating green labor opportunities.
  • Improved governance is also required, including uptake of policy tools such as strategic environmental assessment, and financial instruments such as environmental taxation and Payments for Environmental Services schemes.
  • Appropriate resources need to secured to better manage landscapes and natural capital.

 The draft NESAP will be finalized during August to October and then submitted to government approval processes.

Access the workshop materials or find out more about the NESAP development process via the links below.


Publish Date: 12th August 2016

Last Updated: 12th August 2016


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