Cambodia Prepares for Decentralisation of Waste Management

Cambodia Prepares for Decentralisation of Waste Management


In preparation for the transfer of responsibility for waste management to the municipal level, the National League of Councils (NLC) and Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) Cambodia conducted a consultative meeting on 31 July 2015.

NLC and KAS presented the new questionnaire on "Experiences of Waste Management at the Municipal/District (MD) Level" to the local government officials from 26 municipalities and 20 districts in charge of waste management. The questionnaire is designed to gather more detailed information on current waste management practices from all municipalities and selected districts. Areas such as roles and responsibilities of the administration and the service provider, funding mechanisms and fee collection systems, transparency and accountability in contracting service provider and effective reporting systems are asked about in comprehensive detail.

Since the Cambodian government is currently working on a new sub-decree that will transfer the whole area of waste management as well as the financial autonomy to implement waste management services to the municipal/district level, it is extremely important for local governments to have up-to-date facts and figures on the current system of waste management.

The consultative meeting aimed to enable the participants to complete the survey by ensuring that they fully understood all the questions and the rationale behind them. The results of the questionnaire will be used for improving the legal framework and for providing recommendations to policy makers.

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