The forest burns near Prey Long, Cambodia, in this undated photo.

PHNOM PENH—The European Union ambassador on Wednesday called on the Cambodian government to help combat climate change, foremost by reducing red tape for communities who want to form groups to protect what remains of the country’s forests.

Read more: EU Rep Says Community Foresters Can Help Against Global Warming


Farmers work in a field to plant rice crops in Kampong Cham in 2013. Yesterday a USAID-financed project was launched with the aim to encourage small farmers to adopt more resilient rice varieties. Hong Menea

As climate change increases the severity of droughts and floods across the Kingdom, a push is being made for farmers to adopt more resistant rice varieties.

The Philippines-based International Rice Research Institute launched a USAID-financed project in Phnom Penh yesterday in a bid to “accelerate the adoption of stress-tolerant rice varieties by smallholder farmers.”

Read more: Program aims to boost rice resilience to climate change


Tree planting ceremony.

The Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) of Cambodia received a grant from NDF in 2010 for the financing of climate change adaptation measures in the road transport sector. The activities are targeted towards reducing the vulnerability of the Cambodian road network to climate change impacts. They comprise a wide variety of actions: capacity-building, preparation of vulnerability maps, assessments of various engineering options to reduce the impact of floods, piloting of green planning to increase the resilience of roads, as well as studies relating to the economic aspects of the various adaptation options.

Read more: Planting trees increases roads’ resilience to climate change


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