Draft Environment and Natural Resources Code of Cambodia finalised

After six drafts and almost 18 months of work, involving national and international experts the Draft Environment and Natural Resources Code of Cambodia has been finalised. The draft has been prepared by Vishnu Law Group with six Sub-Technical Working Groups under the overall leadership of a joint-Vishnu Law Group and Ministry of Environment Technical Working Group.

The Draft Environment and Natural Resources Code covers a range of environmental and natural resources areas including: General Principles of the Environment and Natural Resources Code, Public Participation and Access to Information, Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment, Pollution and Waste Management, Biodiversity and Endangered Species Protection, Cultural Heritage Protection, and significant provisions for dispute resolution procedures – including mediation, civil and criminal enforcement. The Draft Code also establishes a new conservation regime for Cambodia, setting up Biodiversity Conservation Corridors and a collaborative management process. The Biodiversity Conservation Corridors expand Cambodia’s existing protected areas to provide linkages and protection for high-conservation areas.

The Draft Code also has specific provisions covering Climate Change, Sustainable Production and Consumption, Fisheries, Water, Forests, Extractive Industries, Energy, Coastal Zone Protection, Environmental Education, and Sustainable Cities.

It is due to be considered by the Government of Cambodia and submitted to the National Assembly for consideration in March 2017.

The Final Draft is available for download enr-code-draft-7-final-31-dec-16

Meeting with Minister for the Environment, Cambodia.

Minister of the Environment

On Monday 12 September, in Phnom Penh, I was honoured to attend a meeting with His Excellency Say Samal, Minister of the Environment, Government of Cambodia, together with representatives from the USEPA and Vishnu Law Group. The meeting was to provide an update on the draft Environmental Code for Cambodia. The USEPA and other US government agencies have been providing expert assistance to Vishnu Law Group. Vishnu Law Group is coordinating the preparation and drafting of a new Environmental Code for Cambodia with the Ministry of the Environment.

Minister of the Environment

Minister of the Environment HE Say Samal

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