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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3 to 4 April 2019
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GMS Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security Program (SAFSP): The proposed TA will build on accomplishments of the two phases of the Core Agriculture Support Program and support the implementation of Strategy for Promoting Safe and Environment-Friendly Agro-Based Value Chains in the GMS and Siem Reap Action Plan, which was endorsed by the GMS Agriculture Ministers in late 2017. The SAFSP interventions will focus on areas such as (i) climate-smart and gender-conscious agricultural value chains, (ii) food safety and quality, and (iii) water-food-energy nexus in a warming world (through the adoption of climate-friendly agricultural adaptation practices and technologies).

 

SAFSP will focus on ADB’s value addition in advancing the use of advanced digital technologies, leveraging investments and applying integrated solutions on the safe, environment and climate-friendly agro-based value chains in the GMS. The TA will assist GMS towards becoming a more integrated, prosperous, inclusive, resilient and sustainable subregion, by focusing on principles such as “food safety for all, climate-friendly agriculture, inclusiveness of small farmers, gender empowerment, corporate social responsibility, good governance, benefits for all GMS countries, and integration with ASEAN”.

 

The SAFSP will have the following themes to be implemented over 5 years:

 

      1.          Greening of agribusiness supply chains

      2.          Inclusive and gender-conscious food value chains

      3.          Financing climate-friendly agribusinesses

      4.          Food safety and quality standards, certification and traceability

      5.          Cross-border animal health and value chain development

      6.          Water for food security in a changing climate

      7.          Agricultural adaptation in the context of water-food-energy nexus

 

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) organized a workshop on the GMS SAFSP on 3-4 April 2019in Kunming, People’s Republic of China. The workshop was divided into six sessions, where each session discussed (i) key challenges for each seven themes, (ii)  current status (e.g. policies, building capacities and mobilizing investment for infrastructure), and best practices that could be replicated, (iii)  key priorities for action, and (iv) advantages or disadvantages in adopting a regional approach.

More than 80 participants attended. Delegates included senior government officials from 6ADB developing member countries, senior staff from international and regional development organizations, including ADB, non-government organizations, academia, and the private sector.

The agenda and presentation materials can be downloaded below.

 

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14 to 15 March 2019
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To assess current status of application of digital technologies in four areas:

1.Sustainable agriculture

2.Food traceability

3.Climate action (mitigation and adaptation)

4.Environmental sustainability

 

To solicit views from the representatives of the government, private sector, development partners and academia on most appropriate technologies, needs and gaps, and future priorities for action in the GMS

 

To identify opportunities for public-private partnerships in deployment of digital technologies in the GMS

 

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