Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Public Dissemination of ELC Impact Study on 23 November 2016

Study: Impacts of Economic Land Concessions on Project Target Communities Living Near Concession Areas in Virachey National Park and Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary, Ratanakiri.

SCW would like to thank the more than 80 selected guests - representatives from the national and sub-national government, international representatives from embassies and the EU delegation, ELC-affected local people, local andi NGOs, civil society and 1 ELC company - for attending the event to learn about the study findings and contribute to the  discussion on how to mitigate negative ELC impacts.

SCW successfully achieved its' objective to (i) increase stakeholder awareness & engagement on the threats to the livelihood of indigenous people as well as the environment and wildlife and to (ii) propose solutions and alternative actions for all stakeholders.

News Coverage - Phnom Penh Post

Event Summary

The study was conducted in cooperation with researchers from the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) and presented by Mr. NETH Baromey, Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Faculty of Social Science & Humanity at Royal University of Phnom Penh, representing the research team.

While ELCs do have some positive impacts, like employment opportunities, new technologies, access to health and improved infrastructure, the negative impacts outweigh these and local communities as well as forest and wildlife are threatened by loss of land, culture and traditions. The event was presided over by Mr. CHOU Sophark, Director of Community Protected Areas in Eastern Mekong Region - representing the Ministry of Environment (MoE).

During the podium discussion after the presentation he mentioned that from his point of view "ELCs will be beneficial in the long run . I am not an economist, but I think apart from [land rent] revenue, it's the products they produce that will benefit Cambodia." However, he promised the MoE would thoroughly monitor concessionaires' implementation of their environmental impact assessments, which take local communities' concerns into account.

This ELC study has been conducted a part of a project with German NGO Welthungerhilfe (WHH) in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The "Initiative for the protection of tropical forests and biodiversity in Cambodia" shall contribute to the preservation of Cambodia's tropical forest in its' function as a carbon sink & habitat for endangered animal and plant species.

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