EES-Cambodia holds policy dialogue on the challenges of managing state lands
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA—A policy dialogue on the Challenges in Managing State Land: Managing Competing Interests for Lands inside Protected Areas was held on December 21, 2016 to discuss issues confronting protected areas (PAs) managed by Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment (MOE). Among the issues discussed are the influx of migrants from lowland provinces and the long-term land lease to private investors for agro-industrial development in order to accelerate economic development.
The policy dialogue aimed to stimulate discussion among concerned stakeholders on appropriate interventions and policy instruments to address these challenges as well as harmonize competing interests for PA lands. The event involved stakeholders from MOE, the Mekong Region Land Governance Project, UN Development Programme, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Centre for Policy Studies, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Winrock International, and RECOFTC-The Center for People and Forests. It was attended by about 30 participants including students, university personnel, and representatives from NGOs and government organizations.