Proceedings of the 2008 PNLG Forum


Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Meeting Documents




“Water Resources Protection, Utilization and Management”

Sihanoukville, Cambodia, 19-21 November 2008


1.1. The 2008 PEMSEA Network of Local Governments (PNLG) forum was held at Sokha Hotel, Sihanoukville, Cambodia, from 19-21 November 2008. It was the seventh of a series of forum conducted since the network was launched in 2001 in RO Korea. The 2008 PNLG Forum was hosted by the Municipal Government of Sihanoukville and focused on the theme “Water Resources Protection, Utilization and Management”.

1.2. The forum aimed to a) share good practices and lessons learned in water resources protection, utilization and management; b) discuss strategies on strengthening water governance and capacity, and b) identify strategies for sustaining the network and expanding its role to support local ICM implementation and scaling up.

1.3. The forum was jointly organized by the Municipal Government of Sihanoukville, PEMSEA and the PNLG Secretariat. Eight local business enterprises provided in-kind contribution for the organization of the forum.

1.4. Twenty two local governments from 9 countries across the region participated in the forum in addition to regional experts/resource speakers from the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) Southeast Asia Secretariat, Phnom Penh Water Suppy Authority (PPWSA), Macao Water Supply Co., Ltd., Marine Environmental Research and Innovative Technology (MERIT) of the City University of Hong Kong, Coastal and Ocean Management Instiute (COMI) of Xiamen University and Oil Spill Response and East Asia Response Ltd. (OSRL EARL).

1.5. Representatives from international and national agencies in Cambodia as well as from the academe also participated in the forum.

1.6. The forum was divided into 3 major parts: the opening ceremony, the general assembly meeting and the technical workshop. The forum was concluded by a field trip to key areas in Sihanoukville.

1.7. The meeting agenda and full list of participants is attached as Annex 1 and 2.