The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Environment’s General Directorate of Environmental Knowledge and Information are working together to map the country’s critical regions for biodiversity, climate change mitigation, and sustainable development.
Nearly 50 of the country’s finest scientists and environmental policy specialists will gather virtually this week in Cambodia to construct “maps of hope” that pinpoint Cambodia’s key life support areas, according to a UNDP press release dated June 8.
These maps will show where initiatives to protect, sustainably manage, and restore nature will help Cambodia meet its strategic goals of biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, and sustainable development. As humankind is facing an unparalleled planetary challenge, with only a decade to prevent completely catastrophic climate change impacts, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change study.
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, one million species will become extinct if biodiversity loss continues at its current rate. Maintaining biodiversity, according to Chuop Paris, director-general of the ministry’s directorate, is a crucial component of attaining sustainable development and climate change goals.
Paris stated that Cambodia has ambitious aims to protect, manage, and restore nature in order to improve residents’ lives, including those outlined in the National Environmental Strategy and Action Plan 2016-2023 as well as the Nationally Determined Contribution.
Cambodia is constructing a “map of hope” with the other seven pilot countries – Dominican Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Peru, and Uganda – to broaden the use of spatial data in decision-making processes and support the implementation of nature-based solutions in those nations.
Fast-growing middle-income nations like Cambodia, according to UNDP representative in Cambodia Nick Beresford, can leapfrog ahead by learning how to use these sophisticated technologies to discover and safeguard their important natural resources.
196 countries will agree on a new set of global biodiversity targets in the coming months, which will lead to activity for the next 30 years within an accompanying international policy framework.
The project’s findings will be utilised to impact critical international policy processes, such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
UNDP and the directorate led the workshop, which was supported by Impact Observatory and the Sustainable Markets Foundation.