Environmental Governance Reform for Sustainable Development

Project summary

The objective of this project is to assist the Royal Government of Cambodia to implement environmental governance reform in order to create an enabling policy and legal environment for conserving and protecting environmental resources at risk and for achieving sustainable development for Cambodia.  

In recent years, the Royal Government of Cambodia has faced significant challenges in addressing the emerging environmental issues posed by the rapid pace of economic growth. The Government embarked upon environmental governance reform that comprise three pillars of activities; 1) Ministry of Environment (MoE) modernization, 2) Establishment of the National Council of Sustainable Development (NCSD) and 3) Development of an Environmental Code. 

Accomplishments

New Structure of MoE Operationalized

• The Final Draft of the National Protected Area Strategic Management Plan (NPASMP) has been completed and approved.

• The Final Draft of the Kulen Mountain National Park Management Plan has been completed and approved.

• Institutional assessments of needs and gaps of the General Department of Administration for Nature Conservation and Protection (GDANCP) in terms of HR, Budget, Communications has been completed.

• A Resource Mobilization Study for the MoE has been submitted and approved.

• The Strategic Framework and Action Plan for MoE is currently being developed.

• The Human Resources Assessment, Strategy and Action Plan is currently being developed.

• The Communications Strategy and Action Plan is currently being developed.

New NCSD Organizational Structure and Authorities Operationalized

• The Strategic Framework and Action Plan for NCSD is currently being developed.

• The Human Resources Assessment, Strategy and Action Plan for NCSD is currently being developed.

• The Communications Strategy and Action Plan for NCSD is currently being developed.

New Environmental Code (EC) Drafted

• UNDP conducted a Technical Review of DRAFT 8 with experts in their respective fields. Three UN Agencies, four international organizations, one NGO and university bringing together more than 20 individual experts involved with this effort.

• As a result of extensive drafting processes, a draft Code (currently DRAFT 9.1) was submitted to the Ministry of Environment for review. The final draft code is 418 page long and includes the following 11 books.

• The MoE established a Task Force to review the Khmer version DRAFT 9.1 and submitted comments to Vishnu Law Group.

• UNDP contracted international Environmental Law expert to aid Vishnu Law Group with the development of the Environment Code.

• Vishnu Law Group supported MoE to conduct inter-ministerial meetings and discussions throughout to address issues other ministries may have had with the Environment Code.

• DRAFT 10 is currently being completed and translated. Its is expected to be submitted to the Council of Ministers.

Integrated Ecosystem Mapping Developed and Operationalized

• A consultation workshop was held on 28 February 2017 participated from concerned departments of the MoE and NCSD, NGOs and Development Partners.

• Decision Support System (DSS) for PAs zonation has been done by International Consultant and reviewing/consultation through a workshop and one training.

• Three days training on DSS Software (Zonation) was conducted.

• Knowledge Management Strategy and Action Plan for DGIS has been submitted.

Contributing donors



2016-2018
Donor name Amount from 2016 to 2018
USAID US$2,500,000
Japan    US$300,000
UNEP      US$77,760

Delivery in previous fiscal year

2017
Donor name Amount contributed per year
USAID US$1,216,652.25
The Embassy of Japan    US$256,719.02
UNDP TRAC      US$38,432.03
UNEP       US$2,717.00

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