Balancing conservation and development of Kampot Province through the Coastal Use Zoning approach

09 July 2013 | Article
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Kampot Province, 25 June 2013 - IUCN Cambodia cooperated with the Kampot Provincial Hall to organize an inception workshop on Coastal Use Zoning at the Kampot Diamond Hotel. This aimed to discuss the process and strategy for Kampot Coastal Use Zoning with consideration of the seargrass survey results.

Since the past few decades, demographic growth, economic development and climate change have been threatening coastal natural resources and increasing conflict between development and conservation. To mitigate this issue, there is a need for immediate solutions that require involvement from all relevant stakeholders.

This inception workshop brought together more than 42 relevant stakeholders from the Fisheries Administration Cantonment, Kampot Provincial Department of Environment, Department of Land Management, Urban Planning, Construction and Cadastre, Department of Tourism, Department of Agriculture, Department of Planning, Department of Water Resource, Provincial hall, and local authorities to discuss the process and strategies to develop Coastal Use Zoning. 

“Coastal Use Zoning is an important investment which will provide us with important knowledge on the potentiality of each zone and help in identifying coastline zones for different activities such as economic development, infrastructure development, community habitats, conservation, cultural or heritage zone and more. It contributes to developing clear management planning and enables us to strike a balance between development and conservation and to ensure sustainable economic development without threatening natural resources and the ecosystem”, said Mr. Kimsreng Kong, Senior Programme Officer of IUCN Cambodia.

“There are significant developments in Kampot Province. Biodiversity and ecosystems have been threatened there as well. In addition, conflict between different activities such as fisheries, infrastructural and economic development as well as tourism and conservation becomes our major concerns, said Deputy Kampot Provincial Governor, H.E. Yea Saut.  "Conservation and development are at the heart of our considerations. The seagrass survey, which is expected to be done by this July, will help us to create good management plans and to minimize the risks of natural resources. I do appreciate IUCN Cambodia and the seagrass team for supporting and contributing to make this important survey happen.” 

This workshop resulted in fruitful discussions and an exchange of ideas which will be driving force for developing a Management Plan. To sum up, it was recommended that Coastal Use Zoning in Kampot should define the area and the purpose of its use. Generally, coastal communities depend on marines resources for supporting their livelihoods. Therefore, authorities, commune councils and its villagers should discuss together in order to determine the community’s coastal use zones and integrate them into the Commune Investment Plan.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Kimsreng Kong, Senior Programme Offcier

Mr. Kong Sun, Field Coordinator

Ms. Chenda Say, Communication Officer


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