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(Photo by: Sovan Philong) Han Seung-soo, chairman of the Global Green Growth Institute, speaks to The Post in Phnom Penh on Friday.The Ministry of Environment and the Global Green Growth Institute, a Korean-based think tank that assists developing countries in sustainable growth, signed a memorandum of understanding last Thursday, setting the stage for environmentally-conscious projects in the Kingdom.

The agreement was signed by Minister of Environment Mok Mareth and the GGGI’s Chairman Han Seung-soo, a former prime minister in South Korea between 2008 and 2009. Cambodia will become the fourth country to work with GGGI, joining Brazil, Ethiopia and Indonesia. Han Seung-soo spoke with The Post last Friday about GGGI and its future plans in Cambodia.

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Prime Minister Hun Sen said today that economic land concessions for rubber plantations in Cambodia should not exceed a total of 300,000 hectares, in order to preserve forests and prevent climate change.

His comments came during a speech to recent graduates at the Chamkar Doung Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh, where he urged a group of approximately 100 young people and relevant government officials to do their part to protect the environment.

“Rubber is at a good price, but it is impossible for us to cut down the high trees to plant rubber,” Hun Sen said.

“We can protect the forest to help reduce climate change,” he said.

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The United Nations Development Programme announced at a workshop yesterday that it was launching a five-year programme to help rural families across 13 provinces deal with the future impacts of climate change.

The UNDP’s Small Grants Programme will fund at least 30 projects, which are geared toward making rural communities self-sufficient in mitigating climate change factors.

Speaking at the workshop yesterday, Elena Tischenko, country director for UNDP Cambodia, said it was necessary to diversify rural incomes in the event of natural disasters.

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