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$1.3 billion sought in climate aid

Cambodia needs $1.27 billion in aid to carry out its climate change reduction plans until 2018, the Ministry of Environment’s department of climate change said at a workshop in Siem Reap yesterday.

Sum Thy, director of the department, said Cambodia needed financial support, training and technological assistance to meet the targets of its intended national determined contribution (INDC).

The Kingdom’s action plans include helping farmers adapt to changing conditions, reducing emissions and reforestation.

“The success of INDC implementation is [dependent] upon technical and financial support from all national and international stakeholders,” said Tin Ponlok, the secretary-general of the National Council for Sustainable Development.

Nop Polin, who represented Cambodia’s civil society at COP21 in Paris, said yesterday that creating a safety net for poor people at the mercy of extreme weather was the aim of the costliest projects: irrigation systems and disaster preparedness.

Polin said that climate change could cost the Cambodian economy $1 billion in just two years, but allowed that the government was still not transparent and accountable with aid money.

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Don Rennie's picture

Dear Thik and Igor,

The suggested amount of $1.3 billion climate change aid for Cambodia's farmers is a lot of money to spend over two years. Even 10% of this amount might be too much aid.

Cambodia is a small country. It is not like Germany, France, England, or Australia when looking at industry and farming.

Why didn't the government do more to build irrigation and canal systems over the last 10-20 years that would help farmers to grow crops? Simple. The current government did not and does not care about the farmers or the people of Cambodia.

DR

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