Cambodia Agricultural Value Chain Program

Environmental Protection

CAVAC’s work to improve agricultural productivity includes the use of fertilisers and pesticides and the construction of irrigation schemes, and that means our initiatives have the potential for both positive and negative impacts on the environment.

As an Australian government initiative, CAVAC must comply with DFAT’s policies and environmental management guidelines as well as Cambodia’s environmental protection regulations.

From the design phase, CAVAC identified and accounted for environmental issues in all program activities. Key risks for CAVAC are mainly related to the construction of irrigation schemes and the increased agricultural production that results.

CAVAC has developed a detailed Environmental Management System (EMS) to address these issues whilst complying with the relevant Cambodian and Australian policies and laws. The EMS integrates environmental management throughout the program, ensuring that CAVAC’s initiatives deliver environmentally sound and responsible results.

In line with DFAT’s Environmental Management Guidelines for Australia’s Aid Program, CAVAC applies its multi-step environmental safeguarding process to all program activities. This results in a well-documented, comprehensive set of reviews, assessments, remedies and follow-up management actions.

  1. Initial Environmental Assessment: Screening and Scoping
  2. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  3. Development and implementation of Environmental Management Plan (EMP) including monitoring requirements
  4. Monitoring and evaluation.

 

For a copy of our Environmental Management Strategy click HERE

To read DFAT’s Environmental Protection policy click HERE