This week the Embassy of Sweden in Cambodia signed a Cooperation Agreement with Swedish NGO-Forum Syd to implement its programme “Green Ownership” in Cambodia for the period of 2017-2019 with a total amount of SEK 49,300,000 million. The main objective is “to increase community access to, control over, and sustainable use of natural resources and community climate change resilience by poor and marginalized people.

This programme will be implemented by 15 local NGO Partner Organisations in 15 provinces in collaboration with three concerned government’s ministries (Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, and sub-national tiers of government and other stakeholders.

The agreement was signed by Ms. Kristina Kühnel, Head of Development Cooperation of the Embassy and Ms. Elisabet Eklind, Head of Hub Multi-Regional of Forum Syd based in Stockholm. The event was attended by Ms Anna Guittet, Counsellor, Governance/Environment, and colleagues at the Embassy, and Mr. Khieng Sochivy, Country Manager and Forum Syd Cambodia Country Office team.

Building on our last three years’ achievements in empowering CSOs and local community people to claim their rights to promote sustainable use of natural resources, Forum Syd is very pleased and grateful to have a close, long standing and fruitful collaboration with the continued financial and technical support from the Embassy of Sweden for over twenty years. This degree of continuity and strong support has been very welcome and indispensable. It has helped to facilitate long term grass roots change with the help of the Sida’s continued funding and engagement, supported further by the Embassy’s strong positions on human rights, good governance, democracy and social accountability.

We are particularly grateful to the Anna Guittet for her effective support in facilitating these processes and her thoroughness, and excellent coordination, and Ms. Kristina Kühnel, Head of Development Cooperation for her invaluable guidance, dynamic leadership and support as well as Ms Joanna Rocco, Controller/ First Secretary for her technical support and thoroughness. They have provided clear direction and encouraged us to simplify and strengthen our efforts, helped us to identify key priorities and suggested new project opportunities and linkages. Their refreshing sense of optimism have made them a pleasure to work with. We are grateful for all their efforts.