In 2005, Yos Katank graduated in Journalism and received his BA in French Literature at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Since then he has been working for a number of national and international media agencies as reporter, writer, editorial coordinator and most recently as an expert in Communications & Visibility for a European Union-funded project in Cambodia. He has experience in news reporting, public relations, visibility, and communications management, organising national workshops and conferences, as well as coordination with international delegations/donors and high government officials. He currently works as National Communication Coordinator for the Fauna & Flora International Cambodia Programme
An historic signing ceremony has taken place between the National Council on Green Growth and conservation partners Fauna & Flora International (FFI), WWF and Conservation International. The ceremony was held last week at the Ministry of Environment in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Green Growth is the term used to describe a path of economic growth, which uses natural resources in a sustainable manner.
The Memorandum of Agreement, signed by all partners and H.E Chhun Vannak, General Secretary of National Council for Green Growth, as a high representative of H.E Dr Say Sam Al, Minister of Environment and Chairman of National Council on Green Growth, is intended to assist the Royal Government of Cambodia to enhance green growth cooperation. This will contribute to the delivery of Cambodia’s National Strategic Plan on Green Growth and National Policy on Green Growth (2013-2030).
FFI's Country Director for Cambodia, Mr Tuy Sereivathana (left) signs the agreement. Credit: Yos Katank/FFI
This cooperative partnership is a first for Cambodia and will pool expertise and resources from all the NGOs and the National Council on Green Growth. A series of workshops starting in April 2014 will focus on piloting green growth strategies in sustainable development and conservation. Areas of focus include poverty eradication, green economy in the areas of green investment, environmental protection, biodiversity and forest conservation.
All partners have high expectations for the upcoming series of workshops, as these will contribute to increasing the green capacity of key government officials at national and sub-national levels and provide a clear path for the development of green growth in Cambodia.
The heads of three major conservation organisations sign the Green Growth agreement with the government. Credit: Yos Katank/FFI