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Cambodia’s Indigenous Groups Suffer Under Climate Change, Deforestation​


Cambodia’s Indigenous Groups Suffer Under Climate Change, Deforestation​
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In the remote province of Ratanakiri, in northeastern Cambodia, deforestation and climate change are taking a heavy toll on communities. Drought has damaged crops, from rice to sesame, cashews, beans and potatoes, making it hard for farmers here to earn a living. And deforestation has greatly reduced the amount of natural resources communities here used to count on. In Paris this month, nations forged an international agreement to reduce carbon emissions and curb global warming, but here, it is still a concern. “Our first concern is our food source,” says farmer Sal Kan, in Adong Meas district. “We’re worried we won’t have anything to eat or anything to plant, since it is hot like this.” (VOA Khmer Sok Khemara and Neou Vannarin reports from Rattanakiri province)

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