Two men load the takes from bamboo fish traps into large white buckets.

Cambodia

At a Glance

Cambodia is endowed with a rich natural resource base, including diverse and productive inland fisheries. This resource base, essential for livelihoods and food security, is threatened by changing climatic conditions. The country is particularly challenged given its low adaptive capacity, still-prevalent poverty, and geographic location. Increased temperatures, drought, and changes in seasonal rainfall patterns, in combination with extensive damming for hydropower throughout the Mekong Basin, threaten to impact food security and human health through reduced freshwater availability which may in turn reduce agricultural and fishery production. Nearly half of Cambodia's total greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) are from the land-use change and forestry sector, with deforestation and forest degradation contributing almost all GHG emissions. Agriculture was the second highest emitter, followed by energy, industrial processes, and waste sectors.

    Climate Projections and Impacts

    Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2019) for more information.

    Climate Projections

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    Drought icon

    Longer Drought

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    More Frequent Tropical Storms

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    Rising Sea Levels and Increased Incidence of Storm Surge

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    Increased Temperature

    Key Climate Impact Areas

    Agriculture and Food Security

    Fisheries & Food Security

    Ecosystems

    Human Health

    Water Resources

    Funding and Key Indicators

    Refer to metadata and sources for more details.


    USAID Climate Change Funding (2020)

    Total

    $7.4 Million

    Adaptation

    $3 Million

    Sustainable Landscapes

    $4.4 Million

    GAIN Vulnerability

    Medium

    Population (2020)

    16.9 million

    GHG Emissions Growth

    3.88%

    % Forested Area

    52.9

    Climate Change Information

    Cambodia Photo Gallery

    Stories from the Area

    The USAID Mission in Cambodia (USAID/Cambodia) plays a major role in addressing environmental problems, such as climate change, through its financial support to local and international non-governmental organizations.
    This blog is part of the Benefits of Climate Risk Management blog series that aims to provide evidence-based deep dives into USAID case studies. A USAID-funded Cambodia fisheries project outperformed productivity goals after incorporating climate-sensitive design, including planning for increased risk of drought and extreme heat events.
    Natural river shifting and human changes to the landscape can drastically redirect floodwaters from year to year, making anticipating flood paths extremely tricky. Because rising sea surface temperatures are fueling more frequent and severe rainfall extremes, faster flood mapping is in high demand.