Cambodia’s government held a ceremony Wednesday to commemorate the delivery of the first drop of oil extracted from the country’s offshore deposits, but the partner company that produced it went bankrupt days earlier and activists said oil is not the answer to the country’s ailing economy.
Nearly 50 of Cambodia’s leading scientists and environmental policy experts are meeting with partners on the maps to locate where to protect, sustainably manage and restore nature to enable Cambodia to deliver on its strategic priorities around biodiversity, climate change mitigation, and sustainable development.
The new project will provide up to about $1.55 million in grants over the next two years to stimulate private investment in renewable energy for locations that don’t have access to an electricity grid. Australia’s new near-$180 million Mekong-Australia Partnership (MAP) will fund the project.
Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation issued a press release on the outcomes of the 6th Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and the bilateral meeting between Cambodian and Thai Foreign Ministers, held yesterday in Chongqing, China.
Sang Rukhavoan Community Forest in Oddar Meanchey province is under attack by poachers and tree-grabbers who have increased their criminal activity since February, according to Bun Saluth, a forest protector appointed by the government and former monk.
Even if the 2030 target of 17,677MW total installed electrical generation capacity set in 2019 for the country were to be revised down by 30 per cent following the pandemic, the wind power share would only represent a mere 0.64 per cent of Cambodia’s total capacity installed in 2030.
About 10 million plastic bags are used daily in Phnom Penh while the average Cambodian living in cities uses more than 2,000 plastic bags a year.
To Van Trong a resident from the area, said that his family and most of the people in the area had lived on floating houses in Prek Pnov district’s river, Phnom Penh, since 1980 after Vietnamese volunteers soldiers helped Cambodia overthrow the Khmer Rouge regime. Although their life is difficult, they still have lived there for decades.