Cambodia National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) Official Document - October 2006


Climate change has become a real challenge for all countries throughout the world. The Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) clearly recognises this issue and is fully committed to the global efforts to address climate change, both at the national and international levels. Therefore, Cambodia ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1995 and acceded to its Kyoto Protocol in 2002.

As a least developed agrarian country, Cambodia is highly vulnerable to climate change, the more so as it has low adaptive capacity to changing climate conditions. In recent years, we have witnessed more frequent and severe floods and droughts, which have resulted in a significant number of fatalities and considerable economic losses. For this reason, we have recently taken our first steps in developing a Cambodian National Adaptation Programme of Action to Climate Change (NAPA).

The main goal of the Cambodian NAPA is to provide a framework to guide the coordination and implementation of adaptation initiatives through a participatory approach, and to build synergies with other relevant environment and development programmes. Cambodia's NAPA presents priority projects to address the urgent and immediate needs and concerns of people at the grassroots level for adaptation to the adverse effects of climate change in key sectors such as agriculture, water resources, coastal zone and human health.

 

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