$7.4m to boost climate resilience in Cambodia

A grant worth $7.4 million (£4.8m) has been given to help Cambodia boost its resilience to climate change. An agreement was signed by the the Government of Cambodia and the […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A grant worth $7.4 million (£4.8m) has been given to help Cambodia boost its resilience to climate change.

An agreement was signed by the the Government of Cambodia and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Part of the funding will be used to build 40 rainwater harvesting ponds for home gardens and introduce drought-resilient crops in Koh Kong and Mondulkiri provinces.

According to the ADB, an expected rise in temperature and higher risk of floods and drought threatens the food security and agricultural livelihoods of local communities in the two areas.

The cash will also be used to protect 750 hectares of agricultural land from saltwater intrusion with sea barriers.

ADB Country Director Eric Sidgwick said: “Communities living in forests are among the most vulnerable to climate change because of limited alternative livelihoods and their dependence on the ecosystem. To address this problem, the project supports community-driven investments to improve and diversify livelihoods for 4,300 families in protected areas.”