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Cambodian Civil Society’s Statement for the 18 Conference of Parties (CoP18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha, Qatar 26th November - 07th December 2012

Created by Sour Piseth January 14, 2013 - Category: Society
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Cambodia hardly contributes any greenhouse gas emissions, emitting only 0.29 tonnes of carbon dioxide per capita per
year (MoE, 2010). However, Cambodia will unfairly suffer from the impacts of climate change due to excessive emissions
from the rests of  the world. Cambodia is also one of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change,
especially to floods and droughts. In October 2011, over  1.6 million people were affected by floods which left  250
people dead  and destroyed over one-tenth  of  the  country’s  crops  (NCDM, 2011).    Cambodia’s  high vulnerability is
largely due to the fact that the livelihoods of the vast majority of Cambodians depend upon natural resources, including
agriculture, fishery and forestry.  It is also due to the fact that Cambodia has a low adaptive capacity and rain-fed
agriculture, while great exposures are identified, of which nearly 53% of the total population survives on less than $2 a
day  (World Bank,  2008)  and  one-third  of them continue  living  below the national poverty threshold of  $0.63 a day
(UNDP, 2010). 

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