Plan B Defense - Maneth La - 12/17/15
Date: December 3, 2015
Location: NR 338
An Evaluation of the Land Use Planning Process in Cambodia Within the Current Climate Change Context
Master’s Professional Project Defense
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Room: 338, Natural Resources Building
A growing literature has established that land use planning is not only important for land and other natural resources management, but also for climate change adaptation. This is particularly relevant for developing countries, where the effects of climate change will be most profoundly felt. Nonetheless, there is still limited knowledge about the outcomes of incorporating climate change within the land use planning process. In Cambodia, land use planning is arguably under-researched, and climate change considerations within the planning process is fully unknown. This study is a response to this growing interest in land use planning and climate change considerations, and to the lack of information about this area in Cambodia. We collected archival data and carried out key informant interviews with government officials and land use planning consultants. We found that political, institutional, social, financial, and human resources are major obstacles to the land use planning process and for including climate change considerations in Cambodia. Since each of these constraints reinforces one another, this greatly slows down the land planning process. Stronger commitments from relevant stakeholders are needed to improve current planning. In terms of incorporating climate change, this study advocates that climate change considerations should be blended with existing socio-economic and environmental issues that land use planners and locals have experienced and understood rather than making it a separate field or a scientific discovery, which would simply make the task even more daunting. Doing so will greatly facilitate knowledge and understanding on this global issue if viewed as part of people’s daily life, thus stimulating more participation, and improve land use planning outcomes and ultimately improve adaptation strategies.
Dr. Maria Claudia Lopez, Chairperson
Dr. John Kerr
Dr. Emilio Moran