The NGO Forum on Cambodia

The Engagement of CSOs in the Creation of Natural Resource and Environmental Code

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Phnom Penh, 23 November 2016: Finally there is 6 pages of 26 input and suggestion had been consolidated coming from 116 participants (21 Female) of research institutes, academia, legal firm, NGOs, development partners, communities representative and indigenous people who have been/being affected by any project development or investment in Cambodia. The NGO Forum on Cambodia with development partners, NGOs, Academia and technical working group who were working together to collect more comments and inputs on of Environmental Code,
Drawing from this point of view, the NGOF and CSO members in Cambodia organized CSO National Consultation Workshop ON THE DRAFT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CODE” conducting on 23 November 2016 a day before 3rd national consultation workshop host by Vishnu Law Group and Ministry of Environment (MoE).


Enhance The Implementation Of Adaptation Action By Scaling Up Investment, Capacity Building, And Technology Support For The Resilience Of Communities And Cities At Risk

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Phnom Penh; Cambodia, 08 November 2016: Through Climate Change Policy Monitoring Project, NGO Forum actively working with Adaptation Fund NGO Network, GermanWatch, DCA/CA and Southern Voice host Disseminate Workshop on Adaptation Fund Tracking and National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Linkage in Cambodia at Tonle Bassac II Restuarant, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. There are approximately 67 participants (11 Female) to join this workshop. They are government officers, embassy representative, academics, youth, development partners, NGOs members and affected communities. The objectives of event are:1) share experiences of good  practice and challenges on Climate Change Adaptation Projects and Climate Change Policy, National Adaptation Plan (NAP) in Cambodia; and 2) present the result of research with strategic recommendations to relevant stakeholders such as UN agencies, decision makers, academics, NGOs and communities on the situation of climate change finance in Cambodia.


CSOs in Cambodia organized The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples


In 2016, there are about more than 300 million of indigenous peoples from 70 countries throughout the world are going to celebrate its 22nd of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on special themes “Indigenous Peoples and Education”. The theme will focus on the indigenous peoples’ issues to access to the education service, the promotion of appropriate education to indigenous peoples and other facing issues related to indigenous peoples.

CSOs in Cambodia cooperate with Ministry of Rural Development to organized the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on 09 August 2016 at Center of Sport of Kompong Speu Province. There are around 1000 participants join this event. This year, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on special themes “Indigenous Peoples and Education”.
The overal objective is to enhance indigenous people’s rights through public recognition and to raise people’s general awareness of indigenous people’s culture and issues in the Kingdom of Cambodia.


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.


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.


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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