EU & STAKEHOLDERS DISCUSS ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGIC PLANNING (06/02/2012)

Phnom Penh, 06 February 2012– The Delegation of the European Union is hosting a consultation workshop with stakeholders in Cambodia’s environment and natural resources sector as part of wider process of strategic planning.

The Delegation has engaged two consultants to prepare and present initial findings from the upcoming Country Environment Profile (CEP), an integral element of the EU’s Country Strategy Plan (2014-2020). Today’s workshop, ''Consultation Workshop - Country Environmental Profile,'' aims to foster participation in this process by inviting the Royal Government, donors and civil society partners to share their perspectives, plans and experience.

In anticipation of CEP publication in April 2012, lead consultant Dr. Steffen Johnsen remarked: “The Kingdom’s key natural resources are being degraded at an alarming rate and further threats are looming. Water, fisheries and forests represent the bedrock of the nation and yet current practices weaken future growth prospects, undermine food security and benefit only a small minority.”

The consultants are likely to recommend that the EU pays increased attention to long term green growth from sustainable management of Cambodia’s environment and natural resources by bringing a range of instruments to bear. These could include: increasing development assistance to government and civil society organisations; improving information collection and disclosure; supporting voice and governance, especially for Cambodia’s youth; enhancing regional cooperation, and; promoting social and environmental responsibility in the private sector.

"One of the long-term objectives of EU cooperation in Cambodia is sustainable development i.e. how to best balance economic growth and environment protection.  The EU believes that the Country Environmental Profile will constitute an important source of baseline information and contribute to focusing political dialogue and cooperation and thereby provide  a better understanding of the challenges posed by sustainable development," said Ambassador Jean-François Cautain, Head of EU Delegation to Cambodia.

For more information, please contact Ms. Pok Poun at the EU Delegation to Cambodia at 023-216996 or pok.poun@eeas.europa.eu

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Ambassador Jean-François Cautain, Head of EU Delegation to the Kingdom of Cambodia

HE Mr. Khong Sam Nuon, Secretary of State, Ministry of Environment and Ambassador Jean-François Cautain