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Important part of conservation efforts in Cambodia: Cambodia Environment Management Information System

Important part of conservation efforts in Cambodia: Cambodia Environment Management Information System

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The Ministry of Environment said that the Cambodia Environment Management Information System is an important tool for collecting, compiling, and developing data on the environment.

The Secretary of State of Ministry of Environment, Sao Sopheap made the comment during the opening ceremony of consultations with relevant institutions regarding the Cambodian Environmental Information Management System / Information System and Support Decision-making / (CEMIS) on January 14. The ceremony was attended by representatives of relevant ministries, institutions, and other officials.

Secretary of State Sopheap described the CEMIS as an important mechanism for gathering, compiling, and creating a modern and transparent data management system. The Secretary of State stated that managing information systems in the environment field is crucial for managing documents, reports, and for public dissemination and the development of the environment in Cambodia.

The Ministry of Environment is implementing plans to achieve Sustainable Development Goals of UNDP. According to the ministry, conservation and sustainability of the environment is a top priority.

Choub Paray, the Director General of General Department of Environmental Knowledge and Information of Ministry of Environment stated that the Sustainable Landscape and Ecotourism Project of Cambodia, (CSLEP), is supported and funded by the Royal Government and World Bank. CLSEP aims at improving the management of protected areas as well as increasing eco-tourism opportunities.

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The Ministry of Environment organized consultations with relevant institutions to discuss the Cambodia Environmental Information Management System. Participants were able to share, discuss, and exchange experiences about the use of current data regarding protected area reports.

Alissa Chaker (UNDP representative in Cambodia) stated that the establishment CEMIS was important because it allows for the identification of natural resources, protected areas, and biodiversity. This information system will also help to manage ecosystem management plans accurately. Representative Chaker added that the data contained in the CEMIS system is fundamental to supporting leaders’ decision-making and accurate planning.

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