Oxfam commends the Royal Government of Cambodia for their commitment at COP26

H.E. Dr. Say Sam Al, Minister of the Ministry of Environment, at the 26th United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26) taking place in Glasgow. Photo from MOE FB

Oxfam commends the Royal Government of Cambodia, under the great leadership of Samdek Akak Moha Sena Padey Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Kingdom of Cambodia, through the Ministry of Environment for the commitment at the 26th United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26) taking place in Glasgow on: (1) increasing clean energy by commissioning 400 Megawatt of utility scale solar energy into Cambodia energy mix; (2) not developing any new coal power plan, (3) not constructing any new hydropower dam in the Mekong mainstream; (4) reducing forest lost by mid-2030.

This commitment will not only contribute to mitigating of the impacts of climate change but also safeguarding the Mekong’s ecosystems and saving lives of millions of people, especially river dependent communities including the Indigenous Peoples (IPs).

So far, civil society organizations, youth groups and communities have shown their concerns over the impact of upstream hydropower dams on river’s unique ecosystems including the largest freshwater fisheries, nutrient-rich sediment flow that is essential for the vast agricultural productivity for river-dependent community and farmers along the Mekong and Tonle Sap. The Mekong River Commission’s Council Study has shown a combined impact of proposed dam developments within the Mekong Basin would seriously threaten the region’s ecology, economy, and food security. Therefore, The commitment from the RGC has unveiled a commendable progressive step forward in an accountable manner to promote economic, social, and cultural rights of the people, especially river-based communities, to achieve sustainable and inclusive and green development.

Oxfam will continue to work closely with the Royal Government of Cambodia especially the Ministry of Environment, civil society organizations, private sectors, communities and other stakeholders to achieve the government’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and maintain 60% forest cover by 2030.