Mekong Region Land Governance Project

Streamlining the Establishment of Community Protected Areas (CPAs) in Cambodia

Streamlining the Establishment of Community Protected Areas (CPAs) in Cambodia
This Policy Brief is the first in a series of three that have been compiled as input into the revision of the Protected Areas Law (2008) based on a comprehensive review of documents and interviews with experts. It summarizes analyses and key recommendations on how to improve the Community Protected Area (CPA) system and formulates four proposals: (1) CPAs should be defined based on existing customary tenure practices and include areas of high value forest resources for the communities; (2) CPA registration needs to be simplified, decentralised, and streamlined; (3) CPA management plans need to identify and map the key socio-economic potentials; (4) zoning of PAs should be a collaborative process with the communities involved and with Indigenous Peoples.

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