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Consultative Workshop on Climate Change Strategy and Policy Approach for Cambodia

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Consultative Workshop on Climate Change Strategy and Policy Approach for Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia 12-13 September 2016:  There are forty five from NECA members, Local Authorities, related Government officers, Development Partners together join in consultative workshop facilitating by climate change policy monitoring project of the NGO Forum on Cambodia with aiming 1) refreshing the Southern Voice Program as well as JPA principles to stakeholders 2)  learn last update from relevant stakeholder on Cambodia  climate change policies and strategies and relevant partners 3) validate the results of the survey among relevant stakeholders and 4) seek for agreement on the advocacy strategy for climate change policy influence in both national and sub-national level particularly in the Commune Development Plan/Commune Investment Plan (CDP/CIP). The NGO Forum on Cambodia (NGOF), DanChurchAid/ChristianAid (DCA/CA) and Southern Voice on Climate Change – CARE Denmark have initiated and provided financial support to conduct the research on “Advocacy Strategy Analysis on Climate Change Policy Influence into Commune Development Plan” from early July 2016. The preliminary result of the research has been completed at the end of July 2016 by the independent consultant team. To ensure the quality of the research results, validation workshop under the coordination and financial support of the NGOF will be conducted with relevant stakeholders particularly NECA members, relevant stakeholder affected communities, government officers including national and sub-national level, and partners of southern voice on adaptation in Cambodia and in the regional level.

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CSOs Cambodia Sub National Consultative Workshop on Regional Guidelines for Public Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

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On 06 Oct 2016, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia: In collaboration between NGO Forum on Cambodia (NGOF) Development and Partnership in Action (DPA) and Ministry of Environment, Cambodia, there are 91 participants (25 Female) of NGOs members, youth; EIA consulting and community representatives firm from provinces of Cambodia joint in two days event from 06-07 October 2016 on CSOs Consultative Workshop on Regional Guidelines for Public Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment which fund support by USAID/MPE/PACT in aiming 1) to provide overview of the regional guideline on public participation in the EIA process in the Mekong region; 2) to collect constructive inputs from CSOs and affected communities; and 3) to plan on how to inject the gathered comments into the 1-day national public consultative workshop on public participation in the EIA process which going to conduct by 28 October 2016.

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CSO REDD+ Meeting 2016

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On 19 August 2016, NGO Forum office: The meeting was started by the welcome remark by Mr. EAR Chong, LLP Manager updating the REDD+ project was earlier with the Environment Program of NGOF, now the shifting from the Environmental Program to Livelihood and Land Program where Mr. Narin, the new Forestry Project Coordinator, is the focal point in NGO Forum. Mr. Narin is not able to join this morning meeting because he is leaving for Pursat for the urgent family business. The agenda was drafted by NGOF team however the agenda will be open for further inputs from the CSO REDD+ as the core group.

Dr. Tek Vannara, ED of NGOF: welcome the CSO and also expressing the upgrade positions of the key members of the CSO such as Mr. Pheakdy for his PhD graduation at US, the update position of Mr. Donal in WCS, Ms. Rithiny at WWF, Mr. Viriya at NTFP-EP and the CSO. Dr. Tek also share the update of the FCPF membership application and review where lack of application from Cambodia into the FCPF process is. Cambodia CSOs has less interested in the call. Furthermore, Dr. Tek also sharing his engagement in the name of NGOF in REDD+ workshop in Bangladesh. Whereas the CSO in Bangladesh was not able to have its umbrella organizations to work on REDD+ then, UNREDD+ has to direct to individual organizations rather than the umbrella organization. The meeting of UNREDD+ PEB has been postponed due to the resources availability. The next proposed Meeting will be in September. The reasons of this postpone because of the changing of funding from Norway – where the fund has been used in support the humanitarians’ aid in Syria conflicts as well. In addition, CSO REDD+ was not able to have its regular meeting because NGOF has internal reforms and the selection the officer to engage in the process. The delay of the funding process has also affect the CSO REDD+ that why the postponed were also made. I hope next step we should also have the regular meeting. Finally, the CSO will meet Prime Minister Hun Sen on 22nd August, the meeting of CSO – on Protection and Preservation of NRM. The draft letter has been developed to submit to PM while a few organizations still have not given their endorsement. The recommendations and suggestions have been widely agreed by major organizations working on the protection and preservation on the NRM and biodiversity.

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Large Scale Hydropower Dams and Climate Change: Threats to People’s Livelihoods and Responsibility of the ASEAN community

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Room3, Indonesia Culture Center, Dili, Timor- Leste​ on 04 Aug 2016: A thematic workshop on “Large Scale Hydropower Dams and Climate Change: Threats to People’s Livelihoods and Responsibility of the ASEAN Community” was organized on August 4, 2016 at Timor – Leste through a platform of ASEAN Civil Society Conference / ASEAN People’s Forum 2016. The workshop was hosted and co-organized by the NGO Forum on Cambodia (NGOF), Cambodian Volunteers for Society (CVS) and Fisheries Action Coalition Team (FACT) from Cambodia, Vietnam Rivers Network (VRN) and Centre for Social Research and Development from Vietnam, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) from Indonesia and Focus on Global South, TERRA and International Rivers (IR) from Thailand. There are 62 delegates (21 women) from civil society organizations in ASEAN countries and development partners from other countries were participated. the main objective of the workshop were focused on: 1) to raise awareness and share information learned on transboundary issues such as the case studies of hydropower dams on the Mekong mainstream and tributaries, including Don Sahong, Xayaburi in Laos and Lower Sesan 2 in Cambodia 2) to strengthen existing networks of committed organizations in the region who work on hydropower dams issues by sharing common concerns and strategies on dam campaigns and 3) to provide recommendations on hydropower dams on the Mekong Mainstream and its tributaries to be integrated into the recommendation of ASEAN Peoples’ Forum to ASEAN community.

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Creating Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary

There are 431.683 hectares of land areas stretched in Stung Treng, Kampong Thom, Kratie and Prea Vihear provinces was included as Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary by sub-decree on Prey Lang, issued on 9 May, 2016 by Prime-minister Hun Sen. In purpose to ensure the maintenance of wildlife habitat and ecosystems, and to ensure specific conditions for certain types of plant, wildlife and biodiversity. Provide products and services for the sustainable use of natural. Promote participation of local communities and the public to contribute to the management, protection and conservation of biological diversity and natural resources in the region. Ministry of environment is the host of initiative idea and sub-decree also provided the right for this institution on managing this wildlife sanctuary with cooperation to ministry and involved institution of all four provinces.

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Annual General Member Meeting 2016

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On Thursday 21st July 2016: the NGO Forum on Cambodia conducted its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Phnom Penh Ecumenical Diakonia Center (PPEDC) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  This meeting was a full day meeting among NGO Forum’s members, network members, and relevant stakeholders from 7:30am to 5:00pm. There were 108 participants (42 women) participated in this meeting.
The meeting was opened and welcomed by Mr. Yin Dara, Chairperson of the Management Committee (MC) of the NGO Forum on Cambodia (NGOF) and the Program officer of Forum Syd. Firstly, he thanked all government officers, NGOF members, network members, INGOs and NGOs that came to join this AGM today. Then, he started to introduce briefly the objectives and the main sessions including:

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