Understanding Public Perceptions of Climate Change in Cambodia (KAP1)

  • Date of publication: 2015
  • Author: Department of Climate change
  • Language: English
  • Type: Document
  • Page: 196

Climate change is one of the most important issues on the global political and economic agenda.
The poorest people are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, as a result of a
combination of economic, physical and social factors. Their response to climate change is
hampered by a lack of relevant, useful information and, too often, their voices have been absent
from the international climate change debate.
In this context, the Cambodian Climate Change Department of the Royal Government of
Cambodia's Ministry of Environment, with support from Danida, Oxfam and the UNDP,
commissioned the Research and Learning Group at the BBC World Service Trust to conduct a
nationwide study to explore knowledge, attitudes and practices in relation to climate change.
The objectives of the study were:
1. To explore Cambodian knowledge and perceptions of climate change.
2. To identify the ways in which Cambodians explain the causes of their changing weather,
and the impact that such changes have on their lives.
3. To investigate the barriers to responding to climate change among individuals and
communities and within local, provincial and national government.
4. To assess respondents’ media consumption patterns and preferences.
5. To inform recommendations on the best methods of communicating to the Cambodian
public on climate change.
The study has gathered and documented experiences across the country related to people’s
perceptions of changes in climate, environment, and natural resources. The report draws on
these findings to provide recommendations for raising public awareness about climate change in
Cambodia and engaging policymakers and the general public in local, national, and international
dialogue and actions related to climate change.