@UNESCO/Nerea Ruiz - Environmental Education Class in Tonle Sap Lake, Siem Reap Province (2012)

Environment and Sustainable Development

Cambodia has a strong dependence on its natural resources: Water, forests, soil and land. However, over the past decade, Cambodia’s natural environment has faced different threats such as uncontrolled and illegal logging, over-fishing and illegal fishing practices, biodiversity loss, weak natural resource policies and management, etc. This is the reason why UNESCO Phnom Penh is working towards the use of natural resources in a sustainable way and, at the same time, to conserve precious habitats.

UNESCO Phnom Penh office shares its technical knowledge and contributes to the work made by different working groups aiming at the conservation of natural resources and associated ecosystems:

  • “Siem Reap Water Working Group” works for the protection of urban and rural areas from floods and droughts and the conservation of water resources in the Cultural World Heritage Site of Angkor highlighting the relationship between water, biota and social systems.
  • Technical Working Group on Forestry Reform provides technical assistance to the Royal Government of Cambodia in identifying priority areas, harmonizing of activities, improving the utilization, mobilization of resources and support efforts to strengthen the forestry sector’s capacity to contribute to economic growth.
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