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Cambodian Environment Minister Highlights Nation’s Efforts in Global Climate Change Initiative

PHNOM PENH, May 2, 2024 — Cambodia is reinforcing its commitment to global climate change initiatives, as detailed by the Minister of Environment, Dr. Eang Sophalleth, at a recent seminar titled "Impact of Climate Change and Response Policy" held at the Office of the Council of Ministers.

During the seminar on April 30, Dr. Sophalleth outlined several of Cambodia’s strategic actions aimed at contributing both to international efforts and domestic measures against climate change. Notably, Cambodia has canceled plans for a 700 MW coal-fired power plant, emphasizing the nation's shift towards cleaner and renewable energy sources. By 2030, Cambodia aims to derive 70 percent of its energy from renewable sources such as solar, hydropower, and wind power, significantly exceeding the ASEAN standard set for 2025.

In addition to energy policy reforms, the Royal Government has halted the authorization for new hydropower dams along the Mekong River. Further domestic environmental initiatives include the 'Clean Cambodia' strategy, which focuses on reducing plastic bag usage and improving the management of solid and liquid waste.

Furthermore, the 'Green Cambodia' strategy aims to significantly enhance the country's forest cover by promoting the planting of at least 1 million trees annually, targeting an expansion of forest cover to 60 percent by the year 2050.

These measures underscore Cambodia’s proactive role in addressing the global challenge of climate change, aiming for a sustainable future while aligning with broader international efforts.

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