The NGO Forum on Cambodia

A Fifth Media Trip for Deforestation and Illegal Logging Observation in Keo Seima, Mondolkiri

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Mondolkiri, April 26 -28, 2014: Deforestation and Illegal logging from Economic Land Concessions (ELCs) – which have been happening many years ago – are the concerned issues in Mondulkiri as the cases are getting worst from day to day. As being witnessed on the circumstances also in response to the needs of the Indigenous People (IP) over their livelihood difficulties caused by the dispute between granted companies and IP in Mondulkiri, a group of national and international media such as Phnom Penh Post, Radio Free Asia, Voice of America, ABC Radio Australia, Voice of Democracy, Thmey Thmey and CEN websites, accompanied by CSOs working group, joined together for a three-day media trip to spot the deforestation and illegal logging in Pu Kong and Sre Ampel villages, Keo Seima district, Mondukiri province.

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Basic Training on Climate Change and REDD+ for CSO-REDD+ Network’s Members

Basic Training on Climate Change and REDD

The NGO Forum on Cambodia in cooperation with Cambodia REDD+ Taskforce Secretariat (RTS), Fauna and Flora International (FFI), European Union (EU), Non-Timber Forest Products-Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP), Action For Development (AFD) organized a basic training on “Climate Change, Forest Governance and REDD+” for CSOs REDD+ Network’s Members. The basic training on climate change, forest governance and REDD+ was conducted from April 07 to 09 2014 at the Cambodia Japan Cooperation Center. The training was attended by 30 participants, 09 of which were women.

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Community, Local Authorities and CSOs Say NO to Don Sahong Dam

Community Local Authorities and CSOs Say NO to Don Sahong Dam

The NGO Forum on Cambodia together with other 13 local and international organizations organized the a three-day Peace Campaign related to Concerns on Don Sahong Dam from March 29 - 31 in three provinces inlcuding Kratie, Stung Treng and Kompong Cham.

The first two days in Kratie and Stung Treng, there were over 400 community people, local authority and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) attended the program where the presentations on Don Sahong Dam such as researching reports, negative impacts and the geography of the location were being presented by the specialists and speakers from CSOs. The program were later on followed by the boat campaign, where the partakers join together for the boat riding along the mekong to the location where the dolphines are habitated and to see the view of the mekong river. During that occasion there press conference were also organized to open the opportunities for media team to seek for more needed information.

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Cambodia Exploring Green Inclusive Growth Principle and Practice

Cambodia Exploring Green Inclusive Growth Principle and Practice

around80 participants from South East Asia (SEA) countries including Cambodia, Viet Name, Myanmar, Philippines and Timor Leste were assembled on March 25 and 26 for the Green Inclusive Growth Conference under the theme “Exploring Green Inclusive Growth Principle and Practice” at Angkor Paradise Hotel, Siem Reap.

Attending this event were H.E. Dr. Yin Kimsean, Secretary of State of Ministry of Environment, government representatives, policy makers, private sector, international NGOs, national NGOs, academia and industry experts, regional stakeholders as well as community representatives.

The Conferences aimed to help civil society groups and communities in SEA attain a better understanding of green growth which was promoted as a new policy paradigm for emphasizes ecologically sustainable economic progress that fosters low-carbon, socially-inclusive development. It also aimed to identity the stakeholders and ongoing initiatives and to examine progress in the implementation of Green Inclusive Growth in the region. It seeks to highlight who is benefitting and who is at risk of being excluded in order to inform policies and strategies, to facilitate dialogue between the public, privatization and tertiary sectors in order to support collaboration for inclusive green growth practices and initiatives in Southeast Asia and last of all to encourage as well as facilitate networking between industry stakeholders across the different verticals and sectors to promote future partnerships.

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Don Sahong Dam Development Project is a Risk to Cambodia

Don Sahong Dam Development Project is a Risk to Cambodia

Approximately of 90 participants from government representatives, Cambodia National Mekong Committee (CNMC), development partners, academia, fishery scientists, local and international NGOs, especially, communities were pulling together to attend a one-day national workshop on “Concerns on Don Sahong Dam” prepared by The NGO Forum on Cambodia in collaboration with the Rivers Coalition in Cambodia (RCC) at PGCT, #274, Tonle Basac, district, Chamkar Morn, Phnom Penh.

A one-day training conducted on March 20 was undertaken under the specific objectives such as increasing participants’ knowledge on the Don Sahonog hydropower dam project, sharing information among government agencies, development partners, NGOs and communities on Don Sahong hydropower dam and its potential impacts, and lastly giving the floor for participants especially community to discuss about the impacts and major concerns of the dam and tactic forward to overcome those apprehensions.

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National Forum on Peoples and Forests

The First Cambodian National Forum for People and Forests under the theme of Pathways to Sustainable Forest Management and Livelihoods Innovations was held in February 25-26, 2014, at Phnom Penh Hotel. This is the first platform continuing from the third Regional for People and Forests 2013, that planned to organize in six countries: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.  The National Forum is jointly co-organized by NGO Forum on Cambodia, RECOFTC, The Learning Institute, NTFP-EP, Ministry of Environment, and Forestry Administration & Fishery Administration. The forum gather more than 150 participants/representatives from Government, CF communities (Community Forestry, Community Fisheries, and Community Protected Areas), local authorities, NGOs, donors, private sector and academia to take stock of community forestry achievements, lessons learned, best practices, issues and challenges as bases for drawing up way-forward CF action plans and innovations in Cambodia. It will also provide an opportunity for RECOFTC (as well as other organizations and stakeholders) to express its continuing support and commitments to the CF action plans and innovations.

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