An SEA of the tourism sector in Cambodia (2007 to 2009)

From the mid-1990s to 2006, following years of conflict, tourist numbers in Cambodia grew at around 20% per year and in 2006, generated $1.5 billion in revenues.

With a rich cultural history and natural beauty the country has valuable tourism resources, not least the ancient temple city of Angkor Wat, the mighty Mekong river, and vast tropical forests. Realizing the role of tourism in driving economic growth, the government and international community have long collaborated to develop regulations, strategies, and infrastructure to maximize tourism industry growth.

Poorly planned tourism risks considerable negative social and environmental impacts. With this in mind, CEP-BCI worked with the Ministry of Tourism and other key government agencies to conduct a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of proposed tourism policies, plans, and programs.

Included in the SEA were recommendations to mitigate negative environmental impacts in key geographic and sectors of the tourism industry as well as mainstream environmental considerations in tourism legislation, strategy and policy. The SEA strengthened the Ministry of Tourism’s capacity to recognize and prioritize eco-tourism projects which contribute to regional and national policy objectives of pro-poor and pro-environment tourism development.

Publish Date: 29th May 2012

Last Updated: 15th May 2016

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