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1. HISTORY:

Environmental Protection and Development Organization, EPDO, is a non government / nonprofit organization which is not related to politics or any political party. EPDO was established in 1998 in order to take action in the face of negative natural resource management and environment. EPDO was also setup to improve the livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable in the Kingdom of Cambodia. EPDO was recognized and registered with the Ministry of Interior of Royal Government of Cambodia on 06th July, 1998, (No 494 S.Ch.N)

 

2. DESCRIPTION OF EPDO:

 

VISION:

To have a Cambodian society in which laws and peoples’ dignity substantially improved. 

 

MISSION:

To contribute to poverty alleviation based on natural resource management, and facilitates to pre-empt between citizen and authorities in order that they may have secure livelihoods for vulnerable and marginalize households.

 

GOALS:

To promote empowerment of communities based natural resources management and increase opportunities of sustainable food secure livelihoods for vulnerable people.

 

CORE VALUES:

Promoting participation,transparency, accountability, honesty and dignity. 

 

EPDO’s main focus is in the areas of Environment Protection & Natural Resource Management, Food Security, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), HIV/AIDs Mainstreaming, and Gender Equality.


 

EPDO works directly with the beneficiaries in the area of Food Security (Livelihood Improvement). Through our Livelihood programs rice bank establishment to reduce the food shortage, the establishment of Saving Help Groups (SHGs), providing agriculture technical skill training which includes aquaculture, nursery, woodlots, agro-forestry, System of Rice Intensification (SRI), Integrated Farming System (IFS), canal rehabilitation through Cash for Work (CFW), Water Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH), Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), providing grant support to run their businesses, to ensure livelihood improvement are addressed.

 

EPDO undertakes initiatives of social protection to assist destitute families and marginalized people. Provision of pumping machines, wells, dams, and spillway etc. to over 2,976 families has been accomplished.

 

PURE NATURE

  • Participation
  • Unification
  • Rehabilitation
  • Education
  • Natural Resources Conservation
  • Alleviation of Poverty
  • Technical Assistance
  • Using Local Resources
  • Reforestation
  • Environmental Protection

 

STRATEGY:

 

  1. EPDO facilitates and promotes the empowerment and participation of the poorest and the other beneficiaries by encouraging them to identify their  needs and realizing their rights of development.

 

  1. EPDO collaborates with local leaders and other development actors in building capacities and supporting the local development process.

 

  1. EPDO builds up collective strength through communication and networking with the Government, CNGOs, OIs and other stakeholders.

 

  1. EPDO establishs and applies operational frameworks for food security, sustainable livelihood, natural resource management, watershed management, integrated rural development and right-based approach for the communities.

 

  1. EPDO, through all its programmes provides the beneficiaries with the awareness on HIV/AIDS,  better health and good hygine practices.

 

3. Target Groups

Based on its doctrine, EPDO will provide priority actions to Cambodians living in its target areas to reduce poverty and improve sustainable livelihood opportunities for the poor, the disabled, and the vulnerable. The structure of EPDO implemented programmes is such that after completion of each programme, the targeted people are able to live sustainably without any support from EPDO. EPDO programmes have been successful in defining poorest target areas in all levels - provincial, district and commune -which do not have a great deal of support from outside agencies.  The information provided in the draft map prepared by the National Poverty Reduction Strategy is used by EPDO to choose those districts and target communes which have been defined as the poorest areas in Cambodia.

The direct beneficiaries are as follows:

At the Village level:

  • Community Members
  • Women and Children
  • Old and Disabled People
  • Orphans and Vulnerable People 
  • Self Help Groups
  • CBOs
  • Village Chief(s)
  • Village  Veterinary Services

 

At the Commune level:

  • Commune Councils
  • Commune Veterinary Services

4. Programme Focus:

4.1 Food Security:

  • Integrated Development
  • System of Rice Intensification
  • Aquaculture
  • Savings Group
  • Integrated Agricultural System
  • Income Generation
  • Small Enterprise Development
  • Hygiene and Sanitation 

 

4.2 NRM\Biodiversity conservation:

  • Forestry
  • Fishery and aquaculture
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Cultural Environment
  • Ecological & Biodiversity System

 

4.3 Equality and Equity:

  • Disseminating Education
  • Internal Mainstreaming
  • External Mainstreaming

 

4.4 Disaster Preparedness:

  • Preparedness
  • Response
  • Rehabilitation

 

4.5 Strategic Approaches:

  • Rights Based Approach
  • Results Based Approach
  • Community-Based Approach
  • Institutional Development Approach
  • Consultative Approach
  • Partnership
  • Participatory Approach
  • Consultative Approach

 

  1. 5.Focus Sector of the Programs/Projects:

Agriculture production, Aquaculture program, and NRM/Biodiversity conservation.

 

  1. 6.Project Approaches

 

Strategy 1: Increase partnership with community members, executive members, commune councils, stakeholders and civil society organizations.

EPDO will cooperate with population and development actors in the target areas to identify the basic needs, the appropriate solutions and developing work plan in response to their priority needs. EPDO will also cooperate with government institutions, NGOs, IOs and relevant stakeholders to expose the support from organizations and learn from each other. Capacity strengthening of the targeted communities will be focused upon. The project focuses on capacity building through training courses and monitoring. The various trainings will be provided by EPDO through project initiatives, partnership from HARVEST Program and participation from government staff.

 

Strategy 2: Mobilization and participation in all project implementations.

To ensure participation from all project implementations, the project has to-be implemented with stakeholders like the commune councils, line department, farmer groups, etc. at the initial stage of the project cycle. Baseline data collection, brainstorming around the community needs, problem analysis, developing work plan, grant proposal, work plan implementation, participatory monitoring and evaluation, etc will be done using participatory approaches where the final beneficiaries and other stakeholders will be involved. Through this, information like data on demography, existing govt. /  commune / village structures to assist farmers, methods of farming / aquaculture already in use and other relevant info for designing and developing the project(s) will be gathered.

 

Strategy 3:Raising public awareness

This strategy will implement the activity of creating partnerships with stakeholders, commune councils and committees and then disseminate to the target area in order to make sure that the community members are familiar with the project. Furthermore, public awareness will spread the importance of natural resources and traditional use of forest resources and also promote livelihood improvement through non-timber forest processing, aquaculture development, traditional medicine and other products. 

Strategy 4: Strengthen capacity of civil society organization and target areas to empower natural resources management.

Facilitate and support the effort of community needs in program analysis, work plan and evaluation of the impacts from natural resources and its protection. EPDO will promote capacity building of CFMCs and existing Fishery Groups to ensure they have improved their relevant skills and self-management and we also expect participation from NRM networks at village level and national level in order to promote participation in an effective way. 

 

Strategy 5: Focus on Gender through promotion of culture.

Increasing staff’s and partners’ capacity building is the effective way to improve their capacities in facilitation and improving the existing mechanism in advocacy regarding gender in the whole program/project. Understanding of women’s and men’s respective roles in the workplace in order to counteract gender inequality through EPDO’s Gender Policy, work plan, monitoring and implementation. Maintaining strategy and work plan might change the outcome regarding communication amongst stakeholders. In order to ensure women have equal opportunity as men, EPDO will promote mainstreaming and public awareness about gender equality and the empowerment of resources management, decision-making and better understanding of rights. 

 

Project management experience, monitoring and evaluation capacity

 

 

  • Project Implementation: Normally, full time project staffs are hired based on project requirements, their educational background, experiences and motivation. The project staff members are the Project Officers, Aquaculture Technicians, and Community Forestry Technicians that work closely with beneficiaries, local authorities and government stakeholders. All project staff prepares monthly project action plans and budgets based on agreed project requirements. The project staff members will work under the supervision of the Program Manager, Project Coordinator and the project cost of those is shared by the project. The overall responsibility for the project is with the Executive Director.
  • Project Progress Report: EPDO will submit project progress reports to the donor on a monthly basis and/or a three months basis (quarterly basis) or as required. All project staff must submit their achievement report to Program Manager and Project Coordinator in monthly basis, the Program Manager is responsible to compile and elaborate on project progress in a report submitted to Executive Director for review and submission to the donors, respectively. EPDO covers all projects in its annual report and at the end of a project produces a report which captures all the lessons learnt during the duration of the project.
  • Project Monitoring and Evaluation: The internal project monitoring and evaluation is routinely conducted every three months by the EPDO program team which consists of Executive Director, Program Manager, Project Coordinator and Admin/Finance Manager together with Project staff. The results based monitoring and evaluation is the main tool for conducting internal project monitoring and evaluation of each project using a participatory approach in which project beneficiaries and local authorities are also involved in the process. The external project evaluation is normally conducted by independent consultants with a contract based on EPDO procedures or by the donor and is normally conducted at the end of the project.

 

6. PERSONNEL:

EPDO currently has a staff strength of 20 persons (of which 07 Females):

01 - Executive Director

01 - Program Manager

04 – Project Co-ordinator

01 - Administration-Financial Manager

07 - Field Officers

04- Aquaculture and Forestry Technician

01 - Administration and Accountant Assistant

01 - Office Assistant

 

7. Network: At present, EPDO has joined 3 important networks in Pursat province: community forestry network, fisheries network, and advocacy network. The duties and tasks of these networks include the sharing of experiences and ideas related to legal aspects such as principles, sub-decrees, forestry law and fisheries law and to make sure that laws are made in a systematic and proper manner. EPDO is also linked to a network with HANet Cambodia, CCBEN, and NGO Forum.

 

 

Main objectives of EPDO

  • Increase capacity of development actors in facilitation of the initiatives of community related to natural resources management and environment based on rights basically.
  • Enlarge the partnership at national and community levels with full cooperation of state institution, NGOs, IOs, private sectors to ensure that the target areas will be effective and efficiency.
  • Build capacity of poorest families and marginalized households such as skills, knowledge, techniques through bio-diversified agriculture system to make sure that sustainable livelihood improvement will be made.  
 

Official Address

Office#326A, Street 103, Kbalhong village, Sangkat Pteas Prey, Pursat Town, Pursat Province, Cambodia

Tel : (855-52) 740 644
E-mail

:info@epdocambodia.org

admf@epdocambodia.org

Website: www.epdocambodia.org 
EPDO registered with Ministry of Interior of the Royal Government of Cambodia, Registration Number 494 Sor Chor Nor, dated on July, 06 1998

 

Background

Environmental Protection and Development Organization, EPDO, is a non government / nonprofit organization which is not related to politics or any political party. EPDO was established in 1998 in order to take action in the face of negative natural resource management and environment. EPDO was also setup to improve the livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable in the Kingdom of Cambodia. EPDO was recognized and registered with the Ministry of Interior on 06th July, 1998, (No 494 S.Ch.N)

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