Analysis of the interlinkages of the environmental SDGs in Cambodia

Event: Workshop on Cambodia’s environmental challenges and the SDGs, Co-organized by the Korea Environment Institute (KEI) and the Royal Academy of Cambodia (RAC), 19 September 2019, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
An integrated approach for balancing the benefits from the three dimensions, social, economic and environmental, is fundamental to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The importance of environmental SDGs has been reflected in framework of the SDGs which refers to a total of 86 out of 169 targets. Though still being classified as a least developed country (LDC), Cambodia has achieved remarkable economic growth in the last decade which makes the country became a lower-middle income country in 2016. Rapid development centred by industrialization and modernization, however, has been accompanied with great challenges of environmental degradation and the vulnerability to climate change. Integrating environmental SDGs in the national development planning and implementation is therefore indispensable for achieving sustainable development in Cambodia. This presentation aims to analyse the interlinkages of five selected environment-related goals (Goals 6, 11, 13, 14 and 15) with other SDGs through the application of IGES SDG Interlinkages Tool (V3.0). The potential synergies and trade-offs of each of the five selected Goals with the three pillars of sustainable development were analysed based on the historical trend. Relevant recommendations were provided for the integration of environmental dimension into national development planning in Cambodia.