National consultation workshop on the amendments of laws on forestry and protected areas
ILC Asia member in Cambodia, NGO Forum was collaborating with the Ministry of Interior to facilitate the National Consultation Workshop on the amendments of Law on Forestry and Law on Protected Areas (the Laws) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The workshop aims to produce possible amendments to the existing laws, based on consultations generated from the participants. Organized during 3th and 4th of May, the Workshop was being attended by thirty two NGOs, Ministries representatives of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and Environment, rural communities and indigenous groups. With the total number of 167 participants, they were exposed into 3 sessions. First session was devoted to general comments on each Chapter and its articles, while the recommendations of each article were made in the second session, and summary of the key recommendations was placed at the third session.
The summary of key recommendations were elaborated into the followings:
- The decision-making process should participate more people.
- The authorities who are performing corruption action and also being inactive on their function must receive equal legal sanction.
- The Forestry Law and the Law on Protected Areas should be merged into one, in avoiding any overlapping in carrying out the roles and the responsibility of the Protected Areas and Forestry Areas rangers.
- Forest Concession mentioned in Chapter 5 should be removed.
- To enhance the participation of religious people and pagodas in forest development.
- The period of Community Forestry should be extended from 15 years to 30 years.
- National law must comply with the International Law.
- To have greater space for the civil society in the natural resources management.
- To be able transporting non-timber forest products (e.g. resin and honey) within provincial areas with tax exemption.
The result of the consultation was submitted to the Ministry of Interior to generate decisions.
*News source and photo credit by NGOF Cambodia
*Edited for ILC website purpose