Cambodia says industrialized nations must help mitigate climate change

Voice of America
26 September 2015

As world leaders prepare for a major summit on climate change in Paris this December, Cambodian officials say industrialized nations should provide support to lesser developed countries, to offset their contributions to global warming.

Like other countries, Cambodia is preparing its own plan to contribute to the fight against climate change, under UN protocols called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, or INDC.

That includes policies to preserve natural resources and biodiversity, Sao Sopheap, a spokesman for the Ministry of Environment, said.

Cambodia has seen a massive reduction to its forest cover over recent decades, losing a potential carbon sink that would mitigate climate change. Still, Cambodian officials say they are not a major greenhouse gas contributor and should receive support from those countries that are.

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