A strategy for Cambodia's environmental future was discussed at a conference in Phnom
Penh this week.
The Cambodia Environmental Advisory Team (CEAT), a UNDP-supported project, organised
the"First National Workshop on Environment and Development".
Starting Dec.1 the three-day, invitation-only event brought together representatives
from governments, NGOs, international organizations and the media.
Camille Bann, resources economist at CEAT, said the aim was "to see who's doing
things and to find out where there's an information gap".
"We hope that the workshop will set a process in train in which everyone will
"We want to work with NGOs who have experience in this field."
Presentations were made on areas such as forestry, energy, fisheries and coastal
Other papers discussed water, irrigation, biodiversity and conservation, wildlife
protection, environmental awareness and public participation.
But there were no presentations on the vital issue of logging and no analysis of
the National Parks Plan.
Originally, workshop organizers planned to have presentations from each of the country's
21 provinces but not every province came forward and the conference was divided into
According to Ms Bann, information is scanty at all levels and the conference aimed
to start plugging the knowledge gaps.
The workshop is the first step towards a "State of the Environment Report"
which should be published by March.
It will reflect the most up to date and accurate information on the Cambodian environment.
It is hoped the report will assist donors and investors in compiling policies and
projects which promote the sustainable development of Cambodia's resources.
CEAT also hopes that the workshop will become an annual event.