Cambodia and Climate Change

Cambodia is one of the countries that has contributed the least to causing climate change; it is however one of the most vulnerable to climate change. Hence, Cambodia takes climate change seriously in its development agenda to support building a greener, low-carbon and climate-resilient, equitable, sustainable and knowledge-based society, while contributing to the global efforts to address climate change.

Cambodia has been a Party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since the ratification in December 1995. Its membership became official on 17 March 1996. Cambodia ratified the Kyoto Protocol in 2002, which entered into force in February 2005. The signing and ratification of the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol by the Royal Government of Cambodia is testament to our commitment to fulfilling our obligations under the Convention. It also signifies that Cambodia is concerned about the impacts of climate change on its people and on their survival and development. 

Cambodia has taken relevant national measures: building our institutional capacity, formulating and

implementing our Climate Change Strategic Plan for the next 10 years (document available here), mainstreaming climate change into planning and budgetary processes. Cambodia conducts pioneering work to build climate change financing and monitoring and evaluation frameworks, and implement actual measures to build community resilience and sustainable livelihoods. Under the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance programme, the Ministry of Environment also developed its Climate Change Action Plan (document available here). A number of other Cambodian Ministries have also developed their own sectoral Climate Change Action Plans.

The Initial National Communication was submitted in October 2002 (document available here). The Second National Communication was prepared in 2015 to fulfil Cambodia’s commitments to the Convention (document available here). It contains the necessary information about the country’s major sources of greenhouse gas emissions and sinks, vulnerability and adaptation options, together with the necessary mitigation measures that Cambodia has implemented, and will continue to implement, to adapt to climate change impacts and to further contribute to global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The country is currently developing its Third National Communication (dd 07/02/2018).


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