Climate change is a growing threat to all countries, but more so in Cambodia, where infrastructure needs substantial improvements in all sectors.

The Asian Development Bank, with support from the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience of the Climate Investment Funds, is assisting Cambodia to build climate-resilient infrastructure through a $588 million investment program called Strategic Program for Climate Resilience. The program led to the development of new regulations, technical guidelines, and legal requirements on construction of infrastructure specific to the nation’s three distinct geographic regions: the coastal areas, the highlands, and the central lowlands.

The project in Kampong Cham province, for example, focused on strengthening jetties in Mekong river islands with a concrete slope, which allows people to continue to use the ferry during the rainy season.

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Narration:
Climate change is a growing threat to all countries, but more so in Cambodia, where infrastructure needs substantial improvements in all sectors.

It rains more often and more intensely leading to floods that are lasting longer, sometimes as long as two months, causing hundreds of millions of dollars in losses and damages to the infrastructure.

In 2009, for example, Typhoon Ketsana closed off roads in 10 provinces, leaving residents stranded and rice trucks stuck. In 2020, floods affected 19 out of 25 Cambodia’s provinces damaging many types of infrastructure.

Soundbites

Sam Oeurn
Farmer
Koh Sotin  District, Kampong Cham Province

We get deep floods here. Whenever flood water gets into the canal, the road will be flooded within a few days.

Chhay Seak
Village Chief
Bakan District, Pursat Province

The road was damaged and disconnected in about ten areas where trucks carrying rice were stuck.

Narration:

During the dry season, houses along the dirt roads are often blanketed by dust, creating hazardous conditions.

Soundbites

Nov Pov
Farmer
Tboung Khmum District, Tboung Khmum Province

It creates so much dust and it is difficult to live. It's not a concrete road, and the dust badly affects our health. When flooded, the roads were badly damaged and created so many holes.

Narration:

The Asian Development Bank, with support from the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience of the Climate Investment Funds, is assisting Cambodia to build climate-resilient infrastructure through a $588 million investment program.

The program led to the development of new regulations, technical guidelines, and legal requirements on construction of infrastructure specific to the nation’s three distinct geographic regions: the coastal areas, the highlands, and the central lowlands.

In the Svay Reang lowlands, for example, builders are now required to use a blend of local construction materials and cement to withstand flooding.

Soundbites

But Hoeur
Pork Seller
Romdual District, Svay Rieng Province

Before the road was built it took us about two hours to get to Svay Rieng Town, but now after the road was built it only takes over half an hour.

Men Sinoun
Garment Factory Worker
Svay Rieng Province

Before, I had to fill a liter of gas to get home, but now it is only half a liter. I feel very happy to have such a good road for commuting.

Narration:

The project in Kampong Cham province, for example, focused on strengthening jetties in Mekong river islands with a concrete slope, which allows people to continue to use the ferry during the rainy season.

Long Chantha
Farmer
Koh Sotin  District, Kampong Cham Province

The port now has smooth operations. Before, it was slippery during the rainy season and took between one and two hours. Now, it is fast and just take minutes. It saves time and is helpful to our livelihood.

Sam Oeurn
Farmer
Koh Sotin  District, Kampong Cham Province

People did not expect to have such a good road for commuting. We are happy.

For example for emergencies at night such as giving birth, the vehicles can go straight from home to the health centre. For our crops, such as corn or sesame, we can transport them ourselves if it is around 200-300 kg. If the road was bad, we had to pay a fee to transport them.

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