Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Thurs, Sept 28: Free webinar on Cambodia's New Environmental Code: A Primer on Environmental Governance Issues in the 21st Century

In September, 2017, I was lucky to travel to Cambodia to help work on its new Environmental Code assisting with land use and sustainability issues.  On Thursday, September 28, 2018, there will be a free webinar about the code process.  This was an extraordinary experience for me even in my small capacity. I think folks interested in comparative environmental and land use law would enjoy the webinar, which features several of the major consultants on the project.  Details below from the flyer.


The ABA Section of State and Local Government Law's International Law Committee and the IMLA's International Committee are proud to sponsor this program: Cambodia's New Environmental Code: A Primer on Environmental Governance Issues in the 21st Century.

Cambodia has embarked upon a startling transformation of its environmental and land use laws. A new generation of political leaders seeks to modernize the country's approach to the entire spectrum of environmental issues from protected areas management to pollution control to land use planning. The proposed new Environment and Natural Resources Code would also provide drastically enhanced transparency and grievance mechanisms.

Cambodia's Ministry of Environment is the key proponent of the new Code and has tasked Vishnu Law Group, a Cambodian public interest law firm, to lead the effort of developing the contents with stakeholder input. Vishnu has in turn reached out to a range of experts over the two year process of creating the Code, including Retired Judge Peter Buchsbaum, member of the ABA's State and Local Government Law Section.

Please join us on September 28 at 6:30 p.m. EDT for a discussion about the process to create the new Code, particularly its sustainable land use planning provisions, the challenges and solutions in creating viable governance mechanisms such as the Code in developing countries, and the opportunities for value added engagement from US-based legal professionals in this ongoing effort and others like it. In addition to Mr. Buchsbaum, we will be joined for this webinar by Megan Quenzer, Project Manager, and Brian Rohan, Advisor, both based in Phnom Penh with Vishnu Law Group.


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