Chinese Journal of Environmental Law 1 (2017) 99–103 - Notes on Current Developments: Developing an Environmental Code for Cambodia

In 2012, the Government of Cambodia decided to initiate environmental governance reform in order to promote environmental sustainability and maintain the country’s economic development. As part of this reform process, Cambodia embarked on a significant revision of many of its environmental and natural resources laws. Most of these laws had been drafted in the 1990s and reflected the need for the government to promote economic development during the rebuilding of the country following its destruction and the collapse of the rule of law under the Khmer Rouge regime during the late 1970s.

The Environment and Natural Resources Code (‘the Code’) aims to create an enabling legal and policy environment that will make it possible to achieve environmental protection while supporting sustainable economic development. The final draft of the Code includes provisions to strengthen the conservation of natural resources and wildlife, build climate resilience, promote the use of renewable energy, and build sustainable urban environments with the capacity to effectively deal with waste management and pollution.

Date Published

Friday, June 23, 2017

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Environmenal Law