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First national round table discussion

Phnom Penh, 24 October 2001

Hosted by the Ministry of Environment and jointly organised with the IUCN

This first national round table for the review in Cambodia brought together 52 participants including representatives from the government, professionals from protected areas, donor agencies and non-governmental organisations. The key governmental partners were the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The round table provided an opportunity to familiarise the participants with the objectives and activities of the review and provide a forum in which the lessons learned from ten years of protected areas management and development in Cambodia could be identified and discussed. The agenda for the meeting included presentations by key stakeholders in protected areas in Cambodia as shown below. The presentations can be viewed by clicking on the titles.

Key issues and trends in the lower Mekong River region
Jeremy Carew-Reid, Director of International Centre for Environmental Management, Australia

Issues and achievements of the past decade: Lessons and challenges for ensuring the contribution of conservation areas to socio-economic development in Cambodia
Kol Vathana, Vice-Director of Department of Nature Conservation and Protection, Ministry of Environment

The contribution of protected areas to sustainable economic development
Hang Chuon Naron, Deputy Secretary General of Ministry of Economy and Finance

The implications of fisheries for protected areas
Kim Sour, Marine Biologist at Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Case study of Bokor National Park
Chey Yuthearith, Director of Bokor National Park

Case study of Kirirom National Park
Nhal Thorn, Director of Kirirom National Park

Working group sessions provided an opportunity for participants to identify and discuss key issues, achievements and challenges in relation to protected areas and socio-economic development and planning. The working groups presented their findings to a special plenary session as series of achievements and challenges.

The round table was closed by Thoeuk Troeung Vutha, the Under Secretary of State of the Ministry of Environment.