CAMBODIA: Income for the Poor through Community-Based Environmental Improvements in Phnom Penh


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The fundamental development challenge for our society is to reduce poverty and improve the livelihoods of communities in Phnom Penh. The JFPR-CAM: 9023 Project is enhancing “Income for the Poor through Community-Based Environmental Improvements in Phnom Penh, Cambodia”, which aims to establish sustainable community-based mechanisms that improve the living and working conditions and environmental hygiene in low-income neighborhoods. Through this project we demonstrate the creation of a society that cares for sustainable safe environment and self-mobilized communities that people are taking initiatives independently to improve better lives through the harmonious coexistence of humankind and the environment.


We have developed the better project management cultures, especially of people-centered development planning, effective and efficient community outreaches, interactive participation of beneficiaries including many women in community networking, and active engagement of key stakeholders in the dynamic policy-dialogues on environmental issues in the City.

The Project teams mobilize and facilitate the communities working together and building community empowerment through their active participation and cost-sharing for basic infrastructure improvements at community level. Through community mobilization process, the target beneficiaries are changing better attitudes to environment and hygiene.

The project facilitates the simultaneous efforts and actions at society level, community level and individual family level so as to break poverty cycle through improvements of community-based environmental functions and linking with the community mobilization for basic developments and enhancing employment opportunities for income generation through self-help promotion concept. Through this approach, we will create hopes for hopeless people.


CAMBODIA: Local Urban Environmental Empowerment Pilot Project


Project Overview

The neglected physical infrastructure and the poor urban conditions are having an impact on urban environment, living conditions and livelihoods of residents; therefore, Local Urban Community Environmental Empowerment Pilot Project (LUCEEPP), proposed and cooperated between Municipality of Phnom Penh and UNESCO, has aimed to assist improving a rapid deterioration of the environment in Phnom Penh. LUCEEPP has been implemented in two phases at the communities in both Khan Daun Penh and Khan Chamkarmon and intend to provide the sustainable environment management to the plotting area in Khan 7 Makara.


The first phase (LUCEEP-1), had been implemented intending to provide information and encouragement residents in Khan Daun Penh to meet and discuss issues and problems in environmental area. This first step permitted to find some alternative answers to environment management and to identify the scale of these issues that required to propose the implementation an urban project which intended to continue to provide sustainable environmental management in Urban area in co-operation with public, academic and civil society stakeholders and to aware on urban patrimony preservation.

A second phase (LUCEEPP-2), aimed to strengthen the capacities and sustainability of environmental and urban patrimony management with innovative urban governance in Khan Daun Penh and Khan Chamkarmorn. LUCEEPP-2 focused on improving environmental and patrimony management, providing institutional and processing support, and awareness different urban stakeholders. LUCEEPP-2 was promoted education on environmental issues and urban patrimony conservation, organize links and exchanges between different knowledge (academic, technical, practitioner and political) and as well as develop consultation process in order to federate the various stakeholders. Acting in a pilot area, LUCEEPP-2 was integrated architectural and urbanites aspects of the built environment as an historical urban tissue needed to be preserved.


In the third phase (LUCEEPP-3), the general objective were to provide sustainable environment and patrimonial management in urban area, Khan Prampi Makara, in co-operation with public authorities, academic entities and civil society. LUCEEPP-3 aimed at improving a range of areas, such as small-scale access, solid waste management, sanitation, vulnerable group activities, and beautification and maintaining of the built and natural environment.


General Objective:

Provide sustainable environment and patrimonial management in urban area in co-operation with public authorities, academic entities and civil society in Phnom Penh City.


Specific Objective:

  1. Provide the necessary approvals and information to stakeholders in order to begin the successful implementation of micro-projects within the identified pilot area (Khan Prampi Makara). These micro projects shall aim at improving a range of areas, such as small-scale access, solid waste management, sanitation, vulnerable group activities, and beautification and maintenance of the built and natural environment.
  2. Nominate a focal point for LUCEEPP liaison within the Municipality, who shall coordinate project activities between the Project Facilitator and other stakeholders including relevant authorities and representative of NGOs, and community groups, as well as Bureau des Affaires Urbanism situated within MPP. Other tasks of this nominated focal point shall be to promote awareness and facilitate the implementation of the project.
  3. During the project period, organize, in cooperation with the Project Facilitator and UNESCO, meeting and seminars between representatives from communities, NGOs, student from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Royal University of Fine Arts, and directors of relevant departments of the Municipality. Also assist in organizing other supporting events.
  4. Start to implement small-scale access improvement in the pilot project areas (Khan Prampi Makara) and assist, where appropriate, micro project implementation carried out by communities.
  5. Provide assistance to the Project Facilitator and student of the Faculty of Architecture, RUFA, and participate in processes and planning specifically in relation to the identification of culturally significant places within Phnom Penh and assist them in preparation of preliminary list of these places by providing key information during the initial research phase, such as providing the Project Facilitator with access to the Phnom Penh Heritage Inventory held at the Bureau des Affaires Urbanism, and any other relevant resource materials held by the MPP.
  6. Make an official announcement, in consultation with the Project Facilitator, about the importance of the UNESCO/MPP project for the improvement of the urban environment through the implementation of micro-projects, and the importance of researching, promoting and eventually conserving Phnom Penh’s Urban Heritage.


CAMBODIA: Environmental Training Program


Summary of Project Accomplishments (download pdf 364kb)


 Project Overview

The sanitary training program in Seam Reap Province selected two targets district: Bantey Srei and Seam Reap. The program was supported by Japan Assistance Team for Small Arms Management in Cambodia (JSAC) and implemented by Socio Economic Development Organization (SEDO) under the agreement signed on 30 May 2005, and scheduled to complete by 20 July 2005.



The ultimate goals of this project were to:

  1. raise knowledge of sanitary of villagers
  2. improve living standard of villagers
  3. promote the foundations of the sustainable peace


The objectives of this training aimed at improving attitude and practice toward better health and welfare in the communities of 27 target villages in Banteay Srei District of Seam Reap Province through promoting community participation in:

  • Understanding the importance of hygiene and sanitation;
  • Understanding about diseases transmitted routes and prevention from them;
  • Disseminating of the information from this training program to their family members; and
  • Managing sanitation with transparency, efficiency and sustainability


CAMBODIA: Upscale and Strengthening Policy Framework on Solid Waste Management in Phnom Penh


Project Background (download pdf 1.42mb)

Project Accomplishments (download pdf 1.2mb)


Project Overview:

  • Upgrading the access road to Stung Mean Chey dumpsite to improve better waste-transport service
  • Construction of Waste Pickers Multipurpose Development Center to accommodate training and social activities of waste pickers at the dump site
  • Construction of a Market Place to accommodate waste trading business at the dump site, and provision of one Crane Truck to deploy in waste disposal
  • Conducting vocational training (tailoring training) and education programs for waste picker children


The goal of the Solid Waste Management Project in Phnom Penh City is to facilitate behavioral change for long term improvements in environmental sanitation and hygiene.

The project main objectives are:

  • to enable residents to participate actively in ensuring a sound system of solid waste collection in their communities;
  • to enable continuous improvements of public health, sanitation and the urban environment through daily primary collection by self-help groups (community-based waste collector)
  • to promote awareness on SWM environmental sanitation through community education, public awareness campaign, and IEC (information, education, and communication) material dissemination


Scope of Work

  • Strengthening the PPWM’s capacity for reviewing the current Policy on the Solid Waste Management in Phnom Penh and planning process.
  • Strengthening Pilot Project of Community-based solid waste management through expanding into two other sangkats (communes) and study for replication in other potential areas.
  • Public Awareness Promotion and Public education campaign on community-participatory solid waste management and Environmental Sanitation improvements in the City.
  • Consultancy Study on the current status of the solid waste management and future trends and alternatives for long-term improvement of solid waste management emphasizing on the community-based approach.
  • Consultancy Study on the establishment of data-base system and monitoring mechanism and procedures at PPWM for solid waste collection and disposal control in the City.
  • Peer Review through a National Workshop and disseminating the information and study reports.

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