Natural Resources and Environment (NRE)



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Trends and Dynamics of Deforestation and Forest Degradation - March 2006, Issue 01 (For full details please download - pdf 205KB)

Kim Sreng, Khlok Bottra, Kasper HANSEN and Christian Sloth 

The recent Forest Resource Assessment (FRA 2005) from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) published forest cover data from Cambodia. This policy brief takes a closer look at the data and assesses their importance to the ongoing forest governance and management debate.

  In Khmer please download (pdf 205KB)



The Value of Forest Resources to Rural Livelihoods in Cambodia - March 2006, Issue 02 (For full details please download - pdf 204KB)

Heov Kim Sreng, Khlok Bottra, Kasper HANSEN and Christian SlotH

This Policy Brief is based on the preliminary findings of ongoing research carried out by the Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI). The objective of the research is to assess the economic consequences of forest conversion to other land uses. The Brief presents the findings of household surveys carried out in order to estimate the value of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) extracted from natural forests by rural people in forested areas. The data analysis shows that the collection and use of NTFPs represents a considerable economic value to rural livelihoods. Information on the relative and absolute value of forest products is also presented, compared to the total value of a household’s livelihood activities.

  In Khmer please download (pdf 225KB)





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Timber Productivity in Selected Cambodian Forest Types - March 2006, Issue 03 (For full details please download - pdf 191KB)

Heov Kim Sreng, Khlok Bottra, Kasper HANSEN and Christian Sloth

This policy brief assesses the standing timber volumes and timber productivity of different forest types in Cambodia (deciduous, semi-evergreen and evergreen forests). Results show that the standing commercial timber volume in high value evergreen forests is significant, whereas the standing commercial value of deciduous forests is very low. If the goal of forest management is to contribute to rural development, there seems to be limited potential in allocating degraded deciduous forests to community forestry (CF). The Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) could consider expanding CF to semi-evergreen or evergreen forests of higher value in order to increase local incentives for self-sustaining management systems contributing to national development goals and conservations efforts. Forest planning in large-scale industrial forestry, on the other hand, is constrained by limited knowledge about forest growth parameters and lack of community involvement.

  In Khmer please download (pdf 222KB)



Forest Management Options in Cambodia - March 2006, Issue 04 (For full details please download - pdf 177KB

Heov Kim Sreng, Khlok Bottra, Kasper HANSEN and Christian Sloth

Since the early 1990’s, forest management in Cambodia has focused on large-scale timber concession forestry with little consideration to the needs of local people depending on forest resources. The outcome has been a serious degradation of one of Cambodia’s main natural assets with little contribution to rural development. More locally based management models are therefore needed in order to enhance the contribution of forest utilisation to rural development. This policy brief attempts to generate discussion about how sustainable forest management in post-concession areas can contribute to the millennium development goals (MDG) on poverty reduction as referred to in the Royal Government of Cambodia’s (RGC) rectangular strategy.

  In Khmer please download (pdf 199KB)



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