Environment Minister Say Samal has called on developed countries to increase funding to tackle climate change issues faced by Cambodia and the world.
Mr Samal made the call on Wednesday at the 25th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Madrid, Spain, which ends today.
Mr Samal said that Cambodia is very concerned about the effects of climate change, especially scientific evidence presented by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
He noted that the government integrated climate change into development plans at both national and sub-national levels, increasing renewable energy, receiving revenue from forestry programme REDD+ and building climate change-resistant infrastructure.
“Cambodian people are now more environmentally conscious and well aware of climate change. Our infrastructures are designed based on new guidelines to ensure they are climate-resilient,” he said.
Mr Samal said that peace, stability, sustainable economic growth, better environmental awareness, especially among youth enabled the government to successfully carry out climate change responses.
He said that developed countries should increase funding for the Green Climate Fund, Least Developed Countries Fund and Adaptation Fund as well as expanding climate change adaptation projects to achieve the 2030 strategic goals, a part of the Paris Agreement.
“We have also boosted our capacity to access international climate finance, and the first Cambodian direct access entity was accredited by the GCF last month,” he said.
“Such an accreditation will enable the Cambodian government to access and effectively channel climate finance to local governments for building verifiable climate change adaptation for the benefits of the most vulnerable populations,” he said.
Environment Ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra yesterday said that the industrialised countries are believed to have emitted a lot of polluted air which led to climate change.
“The impact of climate change is huge, causes more spending and it needs a lot of budget to carry out climate change projects. That’s why the ministry asks developed countries to increase their funding in order to mitigate its impact,” he said.
Mak Bunthoeurn, project coordinator of the NGO Forum in Cambodia, yesterday said that it is very crucial to have more funding to tackle climate change as everyone is concerned.
“If the governments in the world consider this issue as essential, please increase more funding to implement green environment or environmentally friendly projects. I think that it would be better for our planet,” Mr Bunthoeurn said.