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Challenges in Managing State Land in Cambodia-Policy Seminar and Discussion Note
Although established for nature conservation and protection since 1993, Cambodia’s protected areas overlap the existing local communities and has been under pressures from various competing interests. With aim to facilitate the policy discussion and foster common understanding on the challenges of managing state land in the protected areas, the Mekong Reginal Land Governance (MRLG) project, Prekleap National School of Agriculture (PNCA), and the ministry of environment (MOE) jointly organized a policy seminar 21st December 2015 at the Imperial Garden Villa and Hotel, in Phnom Penh, with a focus on “Challenges in Managing State Land: Managing competing interests for lands inside Protected Areas (PA). Other organizations that had cooperated and contributed to the seminar include UNDP, WWF, Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), Economy and Environment Society Cambodia (EESC), Winrock International, and RECOFTC.
The result of the discussion was documented and turned into a “Discussion Note”, recently published by MRLG in cooperation with the General Department of Administration for Nature Conversation and Protection of the Ministry of Environment (MOE/GDANCP), Prekleap National School of Agriculture (PNCA), and Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), with aim to share the seminar results with a wider public. As it discussed the “Challenges in Managing State Land” with a particular focus on “addressing competing interests for lands inside protected areas”, the discussion note offers suggestions for policy consideration in three major areas: i) acceleration of equitable land participatory zoning of the protected areas; ii) reallocation of cancelled economic land concessions (ELC) for smallholder farmers and conservation; and iii) improved coordination between the relevant authorities and local population for more effective recognition and enforcement of the law on protected areas. The discussion note is available here