Tuesday, 20.2.2007: Hun Sen’s 11-Point Recommendations for the Environment: Over-Exploitation of Natural Resources Caused by Business Activities Will Result in the Loss of Natural Opportunities

Posted on 21 February 2007. Filed under: Week 496 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 496

[Note from the editor of the Mirror: The following is presented because it reflects a special concern for the long term negative consequences for the country of some short term present actions. The brief expositions after every one of the eleven points are explaining their meaning – it is not clear, however, from the original, which of these explanations are direct quotes, and which are reports about the statements of the Prime Minister. In spite of these formal shortcomings, the following text can have far reaching consequences for the future of the country if implemented, and they are also an important contribution to present public controversies relating to the environmental impact of some activities.]

“Phnom Penh: Samdech Prime Minister Hun Sen presented some key points and recommendations relating to possible challenges in the future for natural resources and some environmental activities, during a conference on the environment looking back at the year 2006. The meeting also set some goals for 2007. His recommendations are as follows:

  1. “Strategies and Action Plans: Plans and strategies should be revised every three years to promote agriculture, forestry, fishery, and biodiversity in natural and in protected forests.
  2. “Conservation and protection of protected natural resources: Samdech Prime Minister emphasized that offenders must be held fully responsible. Actions have already been taken against those who committed offenses in Vireakchey Park and in Koh Kong Province.
  3. “Strengthening the management of protected national resources and related communities: To successfully and effectively achieve these goals, local people should participate in the implementation of related programs. Samdech Prime Minister recommended that the Ministry of Environment should work with officials at all levels to create community statutes for their management and to ensure equity in receiving benefits from protected natural resources.
  4. “Management of core centers for the Tonle Sap: Proper protection will bring in more income for development activities.
  5. “Management of Wetland Areas: Legal instruments should be established to ensure effective implementation with the participation of the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology.
  6. “Management along coastal areas: The Prime Minister underlined that laws need to be reinforced to eliminate anarchy along the coastal areas. He added that all kinds of offenses must be rooted out. Illegal land ownerships must be returned to state property status.
  7. “Assess Sources of Impacts: Samdech Hun Sen encouraged the Ministry of Environment to transparently assess impacts of any investment projects.
  8. “Management of Industrial Waste: The Prime Minister ordered a strict enforcement to avoid pollution. The Ministry of Environment must establish legal instruments to control imported chemical substances.
  9. “Education and Dissemination of information: Education on the environment should be mainstreamed into public and private school curricula.
  10. “Duties of local authorities: It is hard to believe that local authorities do not know about offenses committed in their communities. Some authorities do not cooperate well with the Ministry of Environment but have to improve.
  11. “International Cooperation: We need to cooperate with other countries in the regions as agreed in the 2002 UN World Summit on Sustainable Development held in South Africa.”

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #5971, 20 February 2007

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Tuesday, 20 February 2007

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #5971, 20 February 2007

  • Hun Sen’s 11-Point Recommendations for the Environment: Over-Exploitation of Natural Resources Caused by Business Activities Will Result in the Loss of Natural Opportunities
  • 378 Villagers Got Poisoned from Drinking Water Taken from a Pond in Malai [Banteay Meanchey]: One Killed, 6 Blinded [Pasteur Institute has not yet published the result of its water analysis]
  • The International Labor Organization (ILO) –
    International Program on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) Evaluate Their Mid Term Project Implementation; the US Department of Labor Helps with More Than $4 Million to Fight Serious Child Labor [in Cambodia]
  • Authorities Alleged that Sam Rainsy Launched Election Campaign in Boeng Kak Lake Area [Sam Rainsy said there would be a mass demonstration over the lease of this area to property developers for more than 90 years. More than 3,814 families live in the area. The Municipality has not yet confirmed a new location where this people would be evicted to]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4216, 20 February 2007

  • Court Issues Warrant [for police] to Bring Samdech Krom Preah In [on return to Cambodia, after he failed to appear in court twice]
  • Lon Nol’s Older Son [Lon Rithi] Forms [Khmer Republican] Party to Participate in 2008 Election
  • UN: Last Year Cambodia Had 9.5 Percent Economic Growth [UNDP Resident Representative Douglas Gardner said Cambodia had a Gross Domestic Product of $6.5 million. Major income is from garment industry and tourism. Export industries have increased by 17%, while tourism increased by 20%]

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[…] “As for the residents at the Boeng Kak Lake, many in the general public said that their fate might not be much different from that of the residents at the Dey Krahom or the Monivong communities. The company and the Phnom Penh authorities have never shown to the people the contract for leasing the Boeng Kak Lake. On the contrary, they tried to hide it from the people and tried to calm the situation, so that it should not become too bad before the fourth term parliamentary elections. Note 1: Some sections from the Mirror of 21.2.2007, according to Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #5971, 20 February 2007: Hun Sen’s 11-Point Recommendations for the Environment: Over-Exploitation of Natural Resources Ca… […]

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