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CSOs Make Request to PM During 2rd Forum on “Protection and Conservation”

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On August 22, 2017: The Ministry of Environment organized the 2nd Forum on “Protection and Conservation of Natural Resource” at Peace Palace, Phnom Penh Cambodia. This forum is important event for giving floor to all relevant stakeholders who commit and have common issues on natural resource management, protection and conservation to have opportunity to discuss and bring their concern or challenges that facing in their activities or happened in the ground level to relevant stakeholder and especially to be heard by Prime Minister. Moreover, this forum is sharing on the progress, the results of government and monitoring on the implementation of first forum on “Protection and Conservation of Natural Resource”.

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H.E Say SamAl, Minister of Ministry of Environment said in his opening remark, Ministry of Environment has achieved many results so far, such as create new 4 protected areas which are Phnom Tbeng Natural Heritage in Prah Vihear Province, Koh Rong National Park and Freshwater in Beung Prek Top in Preah Sihanouk Province, and Phnom Yat Natural heritage in Pai Lin Province, as well as others protected areas, national park, wildlife sanctuary and some areas with 49 areas are protecting and conservation. Ministry of Environment is working on the preparation on the draft law of environment code as it is remaining the reviewing on existing laws and regulation on protection of natural resource.

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Beside this, Dr. Tek Vannara, Executive Director of NGO Forum, we are civil society organizations, have observed a great deal of positive and effective achievements on environmental protection and conservation of natural resources, at both implementation mechanism and policy development levels. These important achievements include: 1) decisions by the 1st National Forum on Protection and Conservation of Natural Resources equal those made by the Council of Ministers. This is unique making relevant agencies to participate actively in the implementation of these decisions in preventing crimes on natural resources, and to collaborate well at technical levels to contribute to development of policies and resources for management of natural resources in the past year. Within the 18 requesting bullet points in the letter submitted to Prime Minister, there were 12 bullet points which covered by Prime Minister’s speech. He would like to add more on that not yet rise up which are include: 1. Respectfully request to continue to push for and to expedite registration and issuance of collective land titles for 503 indigenous communities, in which 18 communities have received legal land titles from the Ministry of Land Management, Urbanization, and Construction, 111 communities have been recognized as legal persons by the Ministry of Interior, and 124 communities have been identified as indigenous people by the Ministry of Rural Development, and respectfully request to increase registration and issuance of collective land titles for 50 indigenous communities per annum. 2. Respectfully request for increase in commune/Sangkat budget across the country and inclusion of action plans in protection and conservation of natural resources, including budget packages for forestry communities, protected area communities, fishery communities, ecotourism communities, indigenous communities, climate change adaptation, budget for organic agricultural production, sustainable agriculture based on agronomic system, the environment, and disaster mitigation planning. At the same time, the Royal Government should provide each community with an autonomous budget of 4,000,000 Riels (four million Riels) per anmum for use for management by communities. Further, we respectfully request for establishment of a national environmental foundation and increase in national budget for protection and conservation of natural resources. 3. Respectfully request to manage national environment funds and increase national budget for protection and conservation and 4. Respectfully request to continue to strengthen law enforcement on new comers’ settlements in protected areas and community forestry areas, to prevent imports of sawmills, illegal fishery tools, illegal logging tools, improvised hunting tools that do not constitute tradition of indigenous people, encroachment on community forestry, conservation areas, and repression of all forms of forestry and fishery crimes. In particular, implementation of the master plan for management of landscape areas should be strengthened further by integrating the land use mechanism, ensuring the balance of conservation and economic, social, and cultural development, and law enforcement at all levels should be monitored to ensure effective management of natural resources and community people’s livelihoods.

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