Emerging Trends, Challenges and Innovations for CBNRM in Cambodia
Since the 1980s, many countries in the Asian region, including Cambodia, have seen a groundswell of support for community based approaches to natural resource management. This is based on the premise that sustainable resource management, underpinned by supportive government policies and legal frameworks, can lead to more secure livelihoods for impoverished and marginal rural communities.
For those interested in community based natural resource management (CBNRM) as a tool for good governance and sustainable livelihoods, it is timely to reflect critically on the extent to which this potential is being met. How equitably are benefits and costs being shared in CBNRM initiatives? To what extent are the voices of marginalized groups shaping the design and implementation of community based resource management systems at local, national, regional and global levels? How have local government policies and practices supported or strengthened community initiatives for sustainable resource use?
The CBNRM Book Volume II “Emerging Trends, Challenges and Innovations for CBNRM in Cambodia” responds directly to these questions and is a follow-up to the CBNRM Book Volume I “Community Based Natural Resource Management in Cambodia: Selected Papers on Concepts and Experience” published in 2005.
The CBNRM Book Volume II is divided into six sections (sections A-F) and 31 chapters.
Section A gives an overview of the past and present situation of CBNRM in Cambodia particularly the main emerging trends, challenges and innovations. Discussion in this chapter is based on the results of a series of learning symposiums and on a keynote address by H.E Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Secretary General, Ministry Economy and Finance and Permanent Vice Chairman of Supreme National Economic Council at the National Symposium of the Development Research Forum held from 10th to 11th September, 2008.For the whole publication