Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Government needs $620M to cope with climate: org

Government needs $620M to cope with climate: org

NGO Forum Executive Director Tek Vannara speaks at a climate change conference yesterday.
NGO Forum Executive Director Tek Vannara speaks at a climate change conference yesterday. Hong Menea

Government needs $620M to cope with climate: org

Cambodian ministries are currently facing a $620 million funding shortfall if they are to implement their climate change adaption action plans by 2018, according to figures announced by NGO Forum at a press conference yesterday.

Fifteen ministries shared their action plans and funding requirements with NGO Forum researcher Long Sona, who reported that, collectively, their total funding needs were $865 million, of which just $245 million is currently available.

Of the 15 ministries surveyed, just two – the Ministry of Rural Development and the Ministry of Handicrafts – reported having received full funding for their action plans.

Khieu Borin, general director of the Environment Ministry’s department dealing with grassroots communities, said that while he did not have precise figures, he was certain his ministry – which reported a 30 percent climate change funding deficit – was in need of extra funding.

NGO Forum’s Sona urged ministries to seek grants from external partners, but not to become reliant on donor funding. “For our long-term goals, we have to urge the government to assign funds from the national budget for this project,” Sona said.

NGO Forum Executive Director Tek Vannara urged those present to take action, saying that climate change has become a serious issue in Cambodia over the past two years, with 1.7 million Cambodians facing flooding annually.

“Cambodia will be [further] affected by climate change. Strong winds and rains are going to occur often, so climate change is a challenge . . . that threatens both social and economic development,” Vannara said.

MOST VIEWED

  • South Korea’s first lady brings hope to ill boy

    South Korea’s first lady Kim Keon-hee – wife of current president of the Republic of Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol – met with a 14-year-boy with congenital heart disease during her trip to the Kingdom for the ASEAN Summit. After their meeting it was announced that the

  • Hun Sen gets Covid, shuns G20, APEC summits

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said he has tested positive for Covid-19 in Indonesia, where he is slated to attend the G20 summit in his capacity of the ASEAN chair. In a social media post addressing the Cambodian public, he said: “Before leaving Cambodia, I always

  • Moody’s sets outlook rating to ‘negative’ for Cambodia

    US global rating agency Moody’s Investors Service Inc on November 15 announced that it downgraded Cambodia’s outlook from “stable” to “negative” and maintained its B2 local and foreign currency issuer ratings. “The negative outlook reflects a deteriorating external position as illustrated by the severe

  • Korean first lady paves way for ill boy’s surgery

    A 14-year-old boy with congenital heart disease who was lucky enough to meet with South Korean first lady Kim Keon-hee may get the chance of a lifetime and receive surgery and treatment at Asan Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea. After seeing his plight, many

  • Hun Sen’s Covid infection caused by ‘weakened antibody’ after summit

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said exhaustion from heavy workload before and during the recent ASEAN Summit may have led to him contracting Covid-19 due to his weakened immune system, while rejecting speculations that the infection was caused by leaders of some countries who did not

  • Kingdom’s rice crowned world’s No1

    Cambodia’s Phka Rumduol jasmine variety has been crowned the World’s Best Rice for the fifth time at the TRT (The Rice Trader) World Rice Conference in Phuket, Thailand on November 17, according to leaders of the Kingdom’s apex rice industry body. Phka Rumduol