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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A U.S.-based foundation is urging concerted international action to preserve world-famed cultural heritage sites at risk of loss or damage, including Cambodia's ancient Angkor Wat temple complex, one of the great landmarks of Asia.The Global Heritage Fund says in a report circulated Monday that "of the nearly 500 global heritage sites in the 100 poorest and emerging countries of the world ... over 200 are facing irreversible loss and damage today.

Read more: Conservationists say Angkor Wat at risk from tourists

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To mark this year's World Disaster Risk Reduction, the European Union is supporting the organization of several events under the theme "Making Resilient Cities -- My City is Getting Ready", according to a statement released by EU office in Cambodia.

The events aim to enhance community awareness about disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, and especially to integrate them into Cambodia's development agenda.

"Disaster preparedness saves lives" stated Michelle Labeeu, the Charg d' Affaires a.i. of the European Union Delegation to Cambodia. "The European Union significantly contributes to global disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation efforts by supporting communities to better prepare themselves against natural disasters, " he said.

Read more: EU marks world disaster risk reduction day in Cambodia

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The FINANCIAL -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is to help finance a major upgrade of rural roads in some of Cambodia’s poorest provinces as part of a project that will also address growing road safety and climate change challenges.

"A loan of $35 million equivalent for the Rural Roads Improvement Project will be used to help pave over 500 kilometers of roads in seven provinces located mostly around the Tonle Sap Basin, where a large number of the country’s rural poor live. Cofinancing is being provided by Korea Eximbank, owned by the Government of Korea, and the Nordic Development Fund, which is supporting climate change adaptation measures," ADB informs. 

Read more: ADB to Help Cambodia Improve Rural Roads, Address Safety, Climate Concerns

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