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Sweden, UNDP contribute toward a greener Cambodia

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An aerial shot of Ou Chheu Krom village, a forested community in Pailin province. UNDP Cambodia

The Swedish government and United Nation Develo- pment Programme yesterday co-signed a new contribution agreement of $3.34 million to support Cambodia Climate Change Alliance’s Phase 3 initiative from 2020 to 2022.

The agreement is expected to provide crucial support for charting a growth path that is sustainable, resilient and benefits the most vulnerable in society, said the press release from UNDP and Swedish Embassy.

It said the CCCA is a flagship climate change programme in Cambodia, implemented by UNDP and the National Council for Sustainable Development that has sought to respond to climate change challenges in Cambodia since 2009.

“CCCA supported the integration of adaptation and mitigation targets in the national strategic development plan, in budget policies and key sectorial progra- mmes,” it added.

Swedish ambassador Bjorn Haggmark said climate change is an existential threat and requires speedy and ambitious measures.

“The CCCA programme allows a wide range of key actors in Cambodia to do more to protect the environment, mitigate the effects of climate change and strengthen implementation of the Paris Agreement,” he added.

Meanwhile, UNDP resident representative Nick Beresford said with the support and expertise of Sweden, EU and UNDP to the CCCA, climate-proof government investments will be furthered, green and resilient private investments will be stimulated and a cleaner, safer world for all citizens will be created.

Environment Ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra said the funding is crucial for climate change adaptation, which is a national and global concern.

“The government, as

well as the Ministry of the Environment, would like to deeply thank the Swedish government for continuing to provide this important assistance for climate change adaptation and sustainable development in Cambodia,” he said.

According to the press release, the new phase aims to focus on deepening climate action in five key sectors: energy, public works and transport, rural development, environment and education.

The CCCA-3 also includes a grant facility for innovative climate change adaptation and mitigation projects, technical assistance to the NCSD for the overall coordination of the climate change response and

research partnerships to strengthen availability of data and knowledge on climate change.

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