Keynote Presentation

Goals and Actions for Sustainable Urbanization in Cambodia

Presented by Ms Fiona Lord, Country Representative in Cambodia, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

When: 09:40, Thursday 19 October

Where: Multipurpose Hall

In the face of unprecedented urbanization and a global sustainable development agenda focusing on the importance of cities, Cambodia is currently working on developing goals and practical actions to shape sustainable urbanization. This presentation will focus on the pressing urban challenges identified by GGGI and its partners in Cambodia, and the importance of new and innovative partnerships to address these challenges.  It will propose four key goals for sustainable urbanization and actions that should be taken, based on experiences across East Asia. The goals and actions presented are part of GGGI’s work supporting Cambodia to develop a National Strategic Plan on Green City Development.


About Ms Fiona Lord

Ms Fiona Lord is the Global Green Growth Institute’s Country Representative in Cambodia, leading GGGI’s programs focused on green city development and national green growth planning. Prior to moving to Cambodia, in 2011 to 2014, she worked at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and AusAID. In 2008 to 2011, Fiona was a Senior Policy Officer at the Australian Department of Climate Change, where she provided policy advice for Australia’s international engagement on climate change.  She has a Masters in Environmental Management and Development, and a Bachelor of Law and Environmental Management.

Resilient City

Building Resilience into Cities

The New Urban Agenda and its localization in Cambodia

Presented by Sok Vanna, Country Programme Manager, UN-Habitat

When: 10:10, Thursday 19 October

Where: Multipurpose Hall

From 17 to 20 October 2016, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) took place in Quito, Ecuador. As an outcome of the conference, the New Urban Agenda (NUA) was adopted as an action-oriented document, which sets global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development. In order to contribute and reinforce the outcomes of Habitat III and the NUA, the Quito Implementation Platform was also created with specific commitments by various partners. As UN-Habitat was recognized as focal point for sustainable urbanization and human settlements within UN systems, ideas for localizing NUA in Cambodia will be introduced in this presentation.

About Mr Sok Vanna

Mr Sok Vanna is the Country Programme Manager for United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in Cambodia since November 2010. Prior to joining UN-Habitat, Vanna was Population and Development Programme Manager for United Nations for Population Fund (UNFPA) in Cambodia from April 2004 to October 2010. He used to work with UNICEF Cambodia as a Project Officer for Community Action for Child Rights Programme in 2003.



Disaster Management Workshop

H. E. Khoun Sokha, Advisor and Chief, Department of Preparedness and Training, National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM)

When: 10:40, Thursday 19 October

Where: Multipurpose Hall

Since 2002, H. E. Khoun Sokha has been the Advisor and Director of Preparedness and Training Department at the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM). He has conducted more than a hundred training courses on Disaster Risk Management, TOT, EPRP, and in collaboration with NGOs partners such as LWF, CWS, World Vision, Action Aid, ChildFund, PIN, DCA, and local authorities. From 2002 to 2017, he has been a member of Mekong Basin Development Plan Coordination Unit and a member of the Disaster Management Committee at the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport.


ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable Cities Community

Presented by Mr Taing Meng Eang, Director of the Department of Green Economy, National Council for Sustainable Development, Ministry of Environment

When: 10:40, Thursday 19 October

Where: Multipurpose Hall

Despite being in various stages of development, many cities in ASEAN often face similar environmental challenges such as air pollution, shortage of sewage system, and inadequate solid waste management facilities. These challenges are aggravated by rapid industrialization and urbanization. As many ASEAN cities wish to become clean and green, ASEAN Environment Ministers have established the ASEAN Working Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (AWGESC) in 2003 to promote environmental sustainability of cities. The AWGESC functions as a consultation forum to enhance coordination among various ASEAN sectoral bodies and dialogue partners in addressing environmental sustainability challenges. AWGESC action plan and ASEAN ESC Model Cities Programme helps selected cities implement innovative, bottom-up environmental practices. Over three phases, the programme has supported 40 Model cities in 8 ASEAN countries to conduct over 200 training, planning and technical assistance activities that cover a range of issues, from solid waste management to environmental education.

About Mr Taing Meng Eang

Mr Taing Meng Eang was nominated as the Director of the Department of Green Economy of the National Council for Sustainable Development. Between 2004-2013, he was the assistant to Deputy Prime Minister Sok An Cabinet and in 2013 was the Advisor to the Minister of Environment, in charge of solid waste management.

Strengthening Urban Resilience in Southeast Asia

Presented by Dr Tep Makathy, Founder of the Cambodian Institute for Urban Studies (CIUS)

When: 10:10, Thursday 19 October

Where: Seminar Room D (Second Floor)

Dr Tep Makathy is the Founder of CIUS and holds a Ph.D. in Urban Engineering from the University of Tokyo Master in Urban Environmental Management (UEM) from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok and a Bachelor in Architecture and Urban Planning from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA) in Phnom Penh. He has gained extensive experience with major international donors and INGOs since 1997 and has worked on World Bank financed-infrastructure projects in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Union of Myanmar as the Environmental Safeguard Specialist over the last six years. In 2015, he was officially accredited by the World Bank Group. Dr Makathy has also been involved in developing important urban related policies for Cambodia and GMS countries financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In 2015, he founded the Cambodian Institute for Urban Studies (CIUS), officially recognized by the National Government.

Building Urban Climate Resilience: Experiences from the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) Program in Viet Nam

Presented by Dr Tran Van Giai Phong, Technical Lead, ISET-Viet Nam

When: 10:40, Thursday 19 October

Where: Seminar Room D (Second Floor)

This presentation discusses the experiences and insights from the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN), a program supported by the Rockefeller Foundation implemented in four countries: Viet Nam, India, Indonesia and Thailand. Changes in climatic conditions represent one of the greatest challenges facing humanity over coming decades. Climate change poses special concerns for the rapidly growing cities of Asia, where large populations, rapid urbanization, extensive poverty and social marginalization, and an already high level of exposure to climatic extremes create risks for large numbers of people. The ACCCRN program represents a unique initiative to understand and support urban areas in building climate resilience and provides practical insights into the processes and outcomes that contribute to urban climate resilience. City representatives worked with diverse local stakeholders in novel ways to ensure that outcomes were directly relevant. This presentation begins by presenting the overall urban climate resilience framework, the resilience planning processes, the city resilience intervention projects and its outcomes. The key insights generated by the program are also highlighted and discussed.

About Dr Tran Van Giai Phong

Dr Phong Tran is Technical Lead for ISET-Viet Nam and has more than 15 years of experience working as a practitioner and researcher on urban climate resilience and disaster risk reduction issues in developing countries in the Asia and Pacific, particularly in Viet Nam. Prior to his work with ISET, Phong was as a researcher for the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD). With ISET, he leads the urban programs that focus on urban climate resilience, urban disaster risk reduction and housing.

Understanding Disaster Risk for Resilient City Development

Presented by Mr Md. Anisur Rahman, Land Use Planning Specialist, Resilient Cities and Urban Risk Management Department, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)

When: 11:10, Thursday 19 October

Where: Seminar Room D (Second Floor)

Urbanization is a prime concern for most Asian countries as large numbers of the region’s population will be living in urban areas by 2050. Major cities across the region experiencing an influx of immigrants from rural areas face the risk of haphazard development, with spatial development taking place in areas that are not suitable for city development. In many cases, cities have experienced huge damage and loss from natural disasters and are expecting to face more in the future. It is therefore important to understand the potential risk for better preparedness initiatives and resilient city development.

About Md Anisur Rahman

Md Anisur Rahman is Land Use Planning Specialist with the Resilient Cities and Urban Risk Management Department at Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC). With more than 17 years of experience in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction and Physical Planning, Mr Rahman has worked in various countries, namely Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Philippines and Viet Nam. He has expertise in the field of Earthquake Risk Assessment, Urban Land Use Planning, Urban Environmental Management, Disaster Risk Reduction & Preparedness and Training & Capacity Building.

Inclusive City

Making Cities Work for All

Cities for Children – Making Cities Just

Presented by Ms Giovana Beltrao, World Vision International, Asia-Pacific Urban Programming Advisor

When: 13:15, Thursday 19 October

Where: Multipurpose Hall

World Vision International (WVI) recognizes the importance of addressing the challenges of urbanization while maximizing the opportunities it brings, understanding the need for effective urban planning and good governance to promote inclusive and equitable cities that have spaces and a place for all. Millions of children and youth live in fragile pockets of cities, affected by limited access to basic infrastructure and social services, and vulnerable to human rights violations associated with slum environments resulting in adverse health, educational, social, economic and environmental situations. Moreover, WVI understands the city is an eco-system with multiple layers of interaction and subsystems. Through WVI’s Cities for Children Framework (CFC), we bring together this context to promote just and inclusive cities where children thrive in safe, healthy, resilient and prosperous environments. For achieving this overarching goal, WVI promotes strong partnerships with governments, communities, children and youth. The CFC considers global strategies through grass-rooted transformations, which ultimately contribute to the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda. The CFC supports design and implementation of urban programming globally.

About Ms Giovana Beltrao

Ms Beltrao has over 20 years of regional urban planning and community development experience in many parts of the world. She fully understands the inclusive and integrated nature of development including not only the physical, but the social, economic, environmental and institutional aspects. Ms. Beltrao holds a Master in Environmental Design in International Development and a Bachelor in Architecture and Urban Planning. Her career began with 10 years of working with slum upgrading and resettlement in lower-income communities in Brazil followed by a number of development experiences in Asia, Africa, North America, the Caribbean, East Europe and Middle East.

The Child Protection Unit (CPU)

Presented by Mr James McCabe, Director of Operations Child Protection Unit (CPU)

When: 13:45, Thursday 19  October

Where: Multipurpose Hall

In 2013, Cambodian Children’s Fund set up a special unit of police, investigators and after care specialists to tackle the issue of serious child abuse in Cambodia. Crimes against children including homicide, sexual assault, child trafficking and all forms of abuse require a specialized and coordinated response from investigative and support agencies. The Child Protection Unit is a unique undertaking, partnering experienced Western police investigators with the Cambodian National Police to investigate the most egregious cases of child abuse that are often beyond the resources of local police departments.

About Mr James McCabe

Mr James McCabe entered the Police academy aged 18, and in 1999 he joined Australia’s elite National Crime Authority. Mr McCabe’s ability to think laterally and be creative in his investigative approach was recognized by the NCA command and he was moved to Sydney to target international crime syndicates operating in South East Asia. In 2003, the Royal Government of Cambodia made him a Knight of the Royal Order of Sahametrie and in 2016 the King of Cambodia bestowed on James the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Sahametrie, the highest award for a foreign national. In 2003, James met the Founder and Executive Director of Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF), Scott Neeson, and with CCF developed the CPU concept in 2005.

The ChildSafe Movement

Presented by Mr Khemereth Vann, International ChildSafe Communities Coordinator, ChildSafe Movement, Friends International

When: 14:35, Thursday 19 October

Where: Multipurpose Hall

Mr Khemereth Vann is International ChildSafe Communities Coordinator for the ChildSafe Movement, a global child protection initiative powered by award-winning social enterprise Friends-International. He will present on the ChildSafe model of creating communities and cities in which children can thrive in a child protective environment. He will discuss the innovative models used by ChildSafe of training key community members and businesses to be Agents of Child protection within those communities, and how ChildSafe also reaches out to visitors and travelers to ensure their interactions with children in the city and elsewhere are both responsible and protective of them. He will illustrate how ChildSafe goes beyond making child-friendly cities and communities. It is committed through its work with the Movement and alongside a network of partners and individuals to ensure all environments are protective of children.

About Mr Khemereth Vann

Mr Vann has 12 years experience with Friends-International in the fields of social work and child protection and began focussing on the ChildSafe Movement in 2010. He supports and coordinates five Friends-International country programs across South East Asia and other NGO partners implementing ChildSafe.. He is involved in the development of ChildSafe tools and managing those through the network of ChildSafe Certified Agents.

The Agriculture Cooperative in Phnom Penh City

Presented by Mr Sieng Borin, Director, Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fishery of Phnom Penh

When: 15:05, Thursday 19 October

Where: Multipurpose Hall

Since 2014 he has been the Director of Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries of Phnom Penh, and from 2005 to 2014 worked as the Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries of Phnom Penh.


Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) Policy

Presented by H. E. Hing Sideth, Director, Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training

When: 13:15, Thursday 19 October

Where: Seminar Room D (Second Floor)

Since March 2015, H. E. Hing Sideth has served as the Director of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and was Deputy Director of the Ministry from 2005 to 2015. Previously, he was Vice Chief of the Forestry Community Office at the Department of Forestry and Wildlife, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry from 1997 to 2004. He gained a Master’s in Rural Economic Development from the Royal University of Agriculture in Cambodia and a Bachelor’s in Forestry from the University of Agriculture & Forestry in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Creating Safe Urban Public Spaces to End Violence against Women

Presented by Ms Chantevy Khourn, Women’s Rights Team Leader, ActionAid Cambodia

When: 13:45, Thursday 19 October

Where: Seminar Room D (Second Floor)

Women in cities everywhere, including Phnom Penh, are often held back because they fear and experience sexual harassment and assault when moving around, accessing education and health services and going to work. Many women, especially those living in poverty, are unable to enjoy their right to the city and have little opportunity to make their voices heard or change their situation. The key to tackling this universal problem lies in change at the local level; policy change, attitudinal change, and behavior change. ActionAid is part of a coalition campaigning for action to recognize the endemic nature of the problem, to challenge the culture of victim blaming and impunity, and to take positive action towards creating a more enabling, positive urban environment for women.

About Ms Chantevy Khourn

Ms Chantevy Khourn is a women’s right team leader at Actionaid Cambodia. She manages the Safe Cities for Women Cambodia Project which aims to end violence against women in the public space and demand for attitudinal-behavioral changes toward women and gender responsive public services. She has worked as a part time lecturer of gender studies at Pannasastra University of Cambodia for three years. She conducted research on women’s participation in politics in Cambodia and intimate partner violence. Her research interests are women’s empowerment in leadership/economics and gender based violence.


Decent Work for People with Disabilities

Presented by Mr Chor Rada, Technical Support Manager, Handicap International

When: 14:35, Thursday 19th October

Where: Seminar Room D (Second Floor)

To avoid discrimination of people with disabilities in the workplace, the Cambodian government set a quota for all governmental institutions and private companies of 2% and 1% respectively. However, almost all of these institutions are not aware of this quota or do not know if their workplace are accessible for people with disabilities. It is necessary and required by law that all buildings and working environments are adapted so that they are accessible to people with disabilities and three key barriers of adaptation for institutions for people living with a disability will be outlined.


About Mr Chor Rada

Mr Chor Rada comes from Battambang Province and graduated in 2011 from Norton University in Phnom Penh with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Prior to this, Mr Rada attended the Royal University of Rule and Economics and graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration. Since 2012, Mr. Rada has gained more than 5 years of experience working with Handicap International as Disability and Accessibility (PODA) Project Officer and Technical Support Manager (TSM). He provides technical support to improve physical accessibility of built environments.

Labour Rights for Female Construction Workers

Presented by Ms Kaylan Rath, Project Manager for Labour Rights, CARE Cambodia

When: 15:05, Thursday 19 October

Where: Seminar Room D (Second Floor)

Ms Kalyan Rath is a Project Manager for Labour Rights with CARE Cambodia. She has worked for CARE for seven years to promote better protections in the workplace for beer promoters and garment factory workers. Ms Kalyan is passionate about quality and interactive training on gender and human rights. She has been the main focal point for engagement with garment factory human resources managers on addressing sexual harassment in their factories through training, consultation and technical assistance.

The Solidarity Association of Beer Promoters in Cambodia (SABC)

Presented by Ms Leakhena Ngin, Director, Solidarity Association of Beer Promoters in Cambodia (SABC)

When: 15:35, Thursday 19 October

Where: Seminar Room D (Second Floor)

Ms Voleak is Director of the Solidarity Association of Beer Promoters in Cambodia (SABC) and continues to work as a beer promoter supervisor. Ms Voleak has been active working for solidarity amongst beer promoters since 2006 and was a founding member of SABC in 2009. As a peer leader, she gained significant knowledge on gender, gender based violence, women’s rights and sexual harassment, as well as and facilitating workshops, advocacy dialogues and training with government and private sector stakeholders. She has influenced policy at a national level through her participation as active member of the National Female Entertainment Establishment Network.

Clean City

Supporting Pro-poor Urban Sanitation

Community Based Waste Management – A Case Study of Chrang Chamres II

Presented by Ms Samoun Soum, Executive Director, Urban Poor Women Development (UPWD)

When: 08:30, Friday 20 October

Where: Multipurpose Hall

The Urban Poor Women Development (UPWD) was established in 1999 and has been working for more than 20 years mainly on community organising, strengthening good governance, community waste management, advocacy on land and housing rights, promoting health and nutrition, and advocating to integrate children into government schools. At present, UPWD works with 30 communities in urban area of Phnom Penh with around 3000 families as direct beneficiaries. Ms Samoun Soum will present on Community Based Waste Management in Chrang Chamres II Commune, an urban poor area in north Phnom Penh situated on the banks of the Tonle Sap River.

Improving Waste Management in Cambodia

Presented by Ms Saruom Ran, Environment and CSR Manager, GAEA Plc

When: 09:00, Friday 20 October

Where: Multipurpose Hall

Due to growing urbanization in Cambodia, waste has become a real challenge mainly due to littering of plastic, uncontrolled landfills, under-coverage of collection and low waste recovery. Global Action for Environment Awareness (GAEA) is a waste management company operating in four provinces in Cambodia. By the end of 2015, GAEA started an ambitious improvement plan including the development of a hotline, a schedule follow-up with a GPS-tracking system, a reorganization of management and processes, an implementation of health and safety measures, working conditions upgrade, new infrastructure respecting the environment and public awareness programs through education in schools and villages. In 2018, GAEA hopes to start the development of the first sanitary landfill in Cambodia, for which the project design has been submitted to the Ministry of Environment in 2017.


About Ms Saruom Ran

Ms Saruom worked for Institute of Environmental Rehabilitation and Conservation for Environment Sustainable Project base in Royal University of Agriculture, Phnom Penh. She now works as the Environment and CSR Manager for GAEA Plc. the waste management company operating in four provinces of Cambodia: Siem Reap, Kampot, Kampong Thom and Bantey Meanchey.


Integrated Management of Urban Waters and Sanitation: Polycentric Development of Sanitation Infrastructure and Service Delivery

Presented by Mr David Dietz, Country Coordinator for Cambodia & Myanmar, Environmental Sanitation Cambodia, Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (BORDA)

When: 09:50, Friday 20 October

Where: Multipurpose Hall

As a non-profit civil society expert organisation, BORDA (Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association) provides innovative, demand-oriented support in urban development, and the provision of essential public services for all: Clean Water, No Waste – Liveable Cities. Over the past decade, BORDA has concentrated its efforts on the promotion and dissemination of decentralized sanitation services packages, namely DEWATS (Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems). In the light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and the New Urban Agenda (NUA), BORDA shifts its approach towards an ambitious and challenging, yet highly necessary direction: Integrated Management of Urban Waters and Sanitation. Exploring sectorial and managerial dimensions of sanitation services and infrastructure in urban and peri-urban settings will be the major theme of this presentation.

About Mr David Dietz

Mr David Dietz has been working in the field of development cooperation for the past 5 years. After graduating from his studies in International Development at the University of Vienna, Austria, he worked in BORDA’s regional office in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania before joining BORDA’s headquarters in Bremen for the last 2 years. In his current position as country coordinator for BORDA in Cambodia and Myanmar he is working on localizing the programmatic change of BORDA on the country level towards holistic approaches of integrated sanitation solutions for urban settings.


Re-imagining municipal solid waste in Cambodia: from contracting to leveraging business models for sustainable and inclusive impact

Presented by Mr Napoleon Navarro, Senior Policy Advisor, UNDP Cambodia

When: 10:20, Friday 20 October

Where: Multipurpose Hall

As Senior Policy Advisor, Mr Napoleon Navarro heads the Policy and Programming Team at UNDP Cambodia. In this capacity, Mr Navarro has been overseeing UNDP Cambodia’s policy and programme design work in the areas of solid waste management, solar energy and youth employment. Among other initiatives, he has been exploring how special economic zones might contribute to more sustainable urbanization in Cambodia, through blended finance models. From 2008-2015, Mr Navarro served as Deputy Country Director for Programmes in China and in Cambodia. From 2002-2008, he had also served as Programme Advisor and Deputy Division Chief of the Northeast Asia and Mekong Division of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific. Mr Navarro began his UN career in UNDP Manila in 1996.


How much of Siem Reap’s Faeces is Safely Managed?

Presented by Mr James Wicken, Country Director for WaterAid Cambodia

When: 10:50, Friday 20 October

Where: Multipurpose Hall

This presentation will deliver a summary of research conducted by WaterAid and IRC in 2016 on urban sanitation in Cambodia, with a focus on faecal sludge management in Siem Reap. Findings will be presented using a new faeces-flow diagram that estimates proportion of excreta that is safely managed in the city and highlights the need to focus on on-site sanitation issues.

About Mr James Wicken

Mr James Wicken is the Country Director for WaterAid in Cambodia. James holds Master’s Degree in Water and Environmental Management and Rural Development and has been working on water, sanitation and hygiene issues in Asia for 17 years. Mr Wicken’s interests include sustainability and services for poor and vulnerable groups.


Healthy and Prosperous Cities

Presented by Ms Giovana Beltrao, World Vision International, Asia-Pacific Urban Programming Advisor

When: 08:30, Friday 20 October

Where: Seminar Room D (Second Floor)

Promoting healthy and prosperous cities is embedded in WVI’s Cities for Children Framework for urban programing. World Vision (WV) recognizes the importance of addressing the challenges of urbanization, particularly related to solid waste, while maximizing the opportunities urbanization brings. We understand the need for good urban governance for inclusive solid waste management that promotes prosperity, particularly through enhanced recycling opportunities. BASECO in Manila is known for being one of the poorest and most underdeveloped areas in the Philippines. The lack of organizational capacity of the private sector, lack of economic empowerment, community awareness and motivation combined with devaluing plastic waste recycling and reuse, leaves efforts to increase plastic reduction and protect the coastal environments stagnant. Considering this context, WV Philippines through its Urban Programming has partnered with BASECO (BIAN) and Plastic Bank (private sector) to establish the Waste to Wages Urban Project. This project aims to improve the management of BASECO’s solid waste situation and to transform their waste from garbage into a resource that can be used for community development in social, environmental and entrepreneurial ways.

About Ms Giovana Beltrao

Ms Beltrao has over 20 years of regional-urban planning and community development experience in many parts of the world. She fully understands the inclusive and integrated nature of development including not only the physical, but the social, economic, environmental and institutional aspects. Ms Beltrao has Master’s in Environmental Design in International Development and Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning. Her career began with 10 years of working with slum upgrading and resettlement in lower-income communities in Brazil followed by a number of development experiences in Asia, Africa, North America, the Caribbean, East Europe and Middle East.

Is a Plastic Free Cambodia possible?

Presented by Ms Pauline Ronteix, Volunteer Program Manager at Plastic Free Cambodia

When: 09:00, Friday 20 October

Where: Seminar Room D (Second Floor)

Since the 1990s, Cambodia has been facing a growing problem with the use of disposable plastics. Aside from the highly visual pollution, throwaway plastics pose a huge environmental and health risk for Cambodia. In this presentation, Plastic Free Cambodia will provide an overview of the current situation in Cambodia, pre-existing solutions, actions that should be established to motivate people to reduce their plastic consumption as well as potential policies that could be implemented.

About Ms Pauline Ronteix

Ms Pauline Ronteix is Volunteer Program Manager in the Phnom Penh Team of Plastic Free Cambodia, a group of volunteers dedicated to educating and raising awareness of plastic pollution and plastic free alternatives to schools, businesses and NGOs. Ms Ronteix holds two Master degrees in European Affairs and in Environmental Economics. She is passionate about the environment, sustainability and all their regulatory aspects. In addition to her commitment to Plastic Free Cambodia, she has worked with the energy sector in France (EDF) and in the solar energy sector in Europe (SolarPower Europe) as well as in Cambodia (PicoSol Cambodia and Solar Energy Association of Cambodia).

Spirituality in Clean City Development

Presented by Mr Seat Lykheang, General Coordinator, Young Eco Ambassadors

When: 09:50, Friday 20 October

Where: Seminar Room D (Second Floor)

Mr Seat Lykheang will discuss how harvesting inner happiness can inspire individuals taking a bold action toward supporting the earth to heal and thrive through the Young Eco Ambassador. Young Eco Ambassador is a Cambodia-based group of earth loving individuals who empower, inspire and educate each other and society toward more sustainable ways of living. By placing a focus on personal spiritual growth, Young Eco Ambassador has inspired a collective action among young Phnom Penh residents to create alternative earth-friendlier lifestyles through initiatives such as ‘’eco-pad’’, the use of bamboo straws and forest trekking tours.

About Mr Seat Lykheang

Mr Seat Lykheang is currently serving as a General Coordinator of Young Eco Ambassador, a growing community of young Cambodians that promote love for the planet through knowledge exchanges and personal behavior change. Prior to Young Eco Ambassadors, he worked with the USAID’s Supporting Forests and Biodiversity Project in developing a positive brand image for Prey Lang landscape and promoting participation from youth, artists, and religion community in forest conservation affairs. His educational background is in community development and English teaching.



Adding value to Green City Innovations

Presented by Ms Grace Smith, Co-Founder of Go Green Cambodia

When: 10:20, Friday 20 October

Where: Seminar Room D (Second Floor)

The Go Green initiative aims to change lifestyles in small ways to reduce plastic footprint. Go Green started with small clean ups around the city where volunteers came together to collect waste. Go Green is now a large network of individuals ranging from the ministries, green businesses, schools, restaurants, coming together to offer a greener alternative way of living in Cambodia through green initiatives, and clean-ups. Go Green works on waste management projects and develops educational tools to increase awareness of the impact of waste on the natural environment – plastic in particular – to provide alternatives to Cambodia’s waste management plan.

About Ms Grace Smith

Ms Grace Smith is the co-founder of Go Green Cambodia and holds an MSc Honors in Environmental Awareness and Sustainability. Ms Smith has worked in the development sector for over ten years, with a particular focus on central Africa and South East Asia. She is currently working in Cambodia for an agency ensuring compliance and human rights within the garment industry.


Clean city for all, inside and outside the city – Case study: clean charcoal from Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise (SGFE)

Presented by Mr Carlo Figà Talamanca, CEO, Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise

When: 10:50, Friday 20 October

Where: Seminar Room D (Second Floor)

A city is characterized by a high concentration of population, which also means high consumption of products, services and energy. This determines issues not only related to keeping the city clean, but also serious issues about the impact of a city on its surrounding regions (for example on its neighboring provinces), in terms of depletion of natural resources and impact on the environment. This presentation will focus on the consumption of charcoal and the case study of clean charcoal (environmental friendly char-briquettes).

About Mr Carlo Figà Talamanca

Mr Carlo Figà Talamanca is the CEO and owner of Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise (SGFE) since 2012. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Rome and he started his professional career in the consulting business in Italy. In 2005, at the age of 27 he moved to Boston, where he worked on international technology transfer projects between Europe, the United States and Latin America. He has lived and worked in Cambodia since 2010, where in addition to SGFE, he works as an expert and advisor in international biomass energy projects in Africa and South East Asia.


Future City

How Reinvention Can Shape Phnom Penh’s Future

The Yangon Heritage Strategy and Phnom Penh

Presented by Mr Rupert Mann, Programs Manager, Yangon Heritage Trust

When: 13:15, Friday 20 October

Where: Multipurpose Hall

Yangon is one of the world’s great heritage cities and is at a crossroads. In one direction is a path well worn by its regional neighbours: largely uncontrolled development and the loss of urban uniqueness, character and heritage. In the other direction is a rare opportunity to make Yangon one of Asia’s most liveable cities through the conservation of its built and cultural heritage. The Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT) is at the forefront of efforts to promote the protection and reuse of Yangon’s heritage in the face of massive development pressures. YHT believes that Yangon can become a fully modern city, with high-density, high-rise, if desired, and this does not have to replace what makes the city unique. In 20 years, if Yangon can successfully combine sustainable development and heritage conservation, it may become Asia’s most liveable city, with a competitive edge over its regional neighbours for investment and talent. This presentation will outline YHT’s work and focus on giving an overview of the Trust’s recently produced Yangon Heritage Strategy, written for Myanmar’s new government.

About Mr Rupert Mann

Mr Rupert Mann is a built and cultural heritage specialist in urban contexts with a background in community-led advocacy and the assessment, identification and designation of heritage assets along with drafting policies to manage development pressures. His Master’s in Cultural Heritage Management focused on World Heritage in Asia. Mr Mann has worked at YHT since 2012, where he assists in creating Yangon’s first comprehensive heritage designations and management systems within a broader urban planning effort, capacity building and physical conservation project management. Rupert considers it a real privilege to be working with YHT at this key moment in Myanmar’s social and political history.

The Future of Cities is Reliant on Building Projects for People

Presented by Mr David Cole, Founder and Principal, Building Trust International

When: 14:35, Friday 20 October

Where: Multipurpose Hall

As economies grow, so do cities. In this rush to accommodate the needs of new business and a growing urban population, there is a tendency to lose sight of the real objectives of cities, which is to raise the living conditions of individual citizens and provide places for interaction and communal experiences. Using a few projects in Phnom Penh as case studies, this presentation illustrates the importance of designing at human scale and how Phnom Penh can grow in its own unique way without necessarily making the same mistakes as other Asian capital cities.

About Mr David Cole

Mr David Cole has worked across a range of sectors and brings a wealth of experience in both small sustainable architecture and large-scale urban design. He is a visiting critic at three UK universities and the jury member on a number of key design awards. His charitable work with Building Trust international, a non-profit design and build organization he founded in 2010, means that for most of the year he is based in the Asia regional office in Phnom Penh. In both roles as Director of a private practice and founding partner of BTi, Mr Cole strives for innovative, sustainable design solutions that build upon client needs in an inclusive, human centered approach.