PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald)— The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is supporting the Government of Cambodia to develop a National Environmental Strategy and Action Plan (NESAP) to help the country achieve its sustainable development goals, said an ADB’s press release.
The NESAP will prioritize policy tools and financing options to ensure that environmental protection and sustainable natural resource management are pillars of economic development, pointed out the press release, adding that the plan was introduced to senior officials from 17 ministries, as well as development partners, at an ADB-supported workshop held in Phnom Penh on Monday.
“The NESAP is a strategy for all government ministries as well as the private sector, civil society, and development partners to integrate environmental concerns into economic policies and investments,” said Say Samal, Minister of Environment in opening remarks at the start of the workshop.
The Ministry of Environment is coordinating the NESAP development process with technical and funding support from the ADB-led Greater Mekong Subregion Core Environment Program. The process will be overseen by a task force consisting of representatives from 10 key ministries.
“We are very pleased to be part of this initiative and will work closely with the Ministry of Environment and other government and civil society stakeholders to ensure that the NESAP is developed consultatively and provides a clear set of concrete actions and priorities,” said Pavit Ramachandran, Senior Environment Specialist, in ADB’s Southeast Asia Department.
According to the press release, the NESAP is expected to finalized and then approved by the government in late 2016 and will complement a new Environmental Code—also in development—that will establish a legal framework and principles to ensure all laws relating to environment are effectively applied