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Lessons Learned: The Cambodia Experience of Protected Areas and Development  

Lessons Learned: The Cambodia Experience of Protected Areas and Development

Protected areas are becoming and essential component of Cambodia's national socio-economic development strategy. This pathway will see the nation in the enviable position of having conserved its natural systems for long term development while neighbouring countries are losing much of theirs. The main development sectors are moving steadily to recognise protected areas and regimes of protection as critical to meeting their individual development mandates. The decade has seen protected area approaches integrated with strategies for fisheries, agriculture, forestry, water resources, tourism and rural development. The government policies for decentralisation, for democratic institutions, and for the rule of law all have far reaching implications for the way protected areas are managed and for better defining the connections they have with development in each region. As important, protected areas have a vital role to play in promoting the implementation of those priorities. Similarly, protected areas will increasingly facilitate Cambodia's integration into the international community, leading to enhanced development and economic ties.


Uploaded on: Feb 2006
File size: 240 KB - Language: English
Keyword(s): Environment
Category: Environment

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