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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.

Read more: UNDP to fund climate projects

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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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