Organise national EISEI network meeting
The Extractive Industry Social Environmental Impact network (EISEI) serves as a national level communication and knowledge-sharing network created to facilitate the study and dissemination of information regarding environmental impact from Cambodia’s growing extractive industries. This network is designed to provide a solid foundation for implementing future education, technical support and advocacy initiatives addressing community and civil society concerns about extractive industry activities in Cambodia.
The EISEI network has nine steering committee (SC) members who are selected to serve one year terms by the network members. The main responsibilities of the SC are to ensure that the aims and objectives of the network are implemented, to develop effective strategies for network activities to achieve objectives, and to help respond to problems arising from EI development. Currently, the network has 56 member organisations and has one-day meetings every three months.
In this reporting period, DPA-EISEI secretariat and DEA staff organised two one-day national level EISEI network meetings (in April, and May 2013) for 91 participants (29 of whom were women). The agenda of the meetings included re-election for the new steering committee members, Chinese railways, mining port and industry projects in Cambodia, progress of seismic acquisition project on onshore oil block XVII (Preah Vihear province) with MOECO (Mitsui Oil Exploration Co.,Ltd), input on Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment & Management Plan Guidelines for Oil & Gas Exploration & Development and the Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment and Management Plan Guidelines for Mining.
For the first result of meeting, Mr. Sovannak Nong, Phnom Penh representative office if Mitsui & Co., Ltd shared with DPA-EISEI Network members about the company operation plan and the strategies of MOECO companies in terms of compensation to the affected communities during the seismic study in Preah Vihear province. At the same time, he also mentioned that he would be happy to talk with DPA-EISEI network members if they had specify issues or would like to know more about the MOECO Company.
For the second result of meeting, DPA-EISEI Network provided effective comments about the Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment & Management Plan Guidelines for Oil & Gas Exploration & Development and the Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment and Management Plan Guidelines for Mining. These key comments included Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), environmental management plan related to the biodiversity and forestry, duration of public involvement in EIA process and the strategic environment assessment.
For the third result of meeting, DPA-EISEI members and affected communities were provided with good opportunities to learn and understand more about the Chinese railways, mining, port and industry project in Preah Vihear province and other five provinces in Cambodia after Mr. Mark Grimsditch presented the research finding on this project.
For the fourth result of meeting, the new members of DPA-EISEI steering committee selected such as Build Community Voice (BCV), Village Support Group (VSG), Community Legal Education Centre (CLEC),Association for Development Human Right of Cambodia (ADHOC), Non Timber Forest Produce (NTFP), Development and Partnership in Action (DPA), Community Peace Network (CPN), Rural Development Association (RDA) and Ponlok Khmer organisation and effective unit the April, 2014.