Looking at the bigger picture and to create a meaningful impact, SCW’s work is guided by The UN’s global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Cambodia is 1 of 194 countries, which in 2015 adopted the 2030 Development Agenda.
After the civil war, Cambodia has been struggling. About 80% of the 15 million population live in rural areas, facing lack of food security, and 2.5 million people facing severe poverty. 40% of the population are working at 2 USD per day. Cambodia ranks at the bottom end of UNDP’s Human Development Index 2015, at #143 (of 188 countries).
The country has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world – the total forest cover decreased from around 72% in 1973 to 48% in 2014. 5,200 ha of forest were cleared illegally in 2016, almost twice the amount of 2015. Despite a ban on the export of timber, in 2016 Cambodia still exported 33 million USD worth of timber – more than twice than in 2015.
SCW’s work directly and indirectly responds to 9 out of the 17 SDGs
1. No Poverty: Introduction of alternative livelihood options, e.g. Eco-Tourism, marketing of Non-Timber-Forest Products (NTFPs)
2. Zero Hunger: Introduction of home gardens
4. Quality Education: Children’s Story books, Information & Education material, Eco-Clubs in schools
5. Gender Equality: Empowerment of women for leadership together with Saving for Change activities
7. Affordable and Clean Energy & 13 Climate Action: Introduction of alternative energies to farmers in rural areas, e.g. biodigesters, solar pumps
14. Life below water: Support Community Fisheries (CFi) for sustainable use of fish and water resources
15. Life on Land: Forest protection, support of indigenous people
16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions: Strengthening knowledge of rights holders and duty bearers rights, mediation in land conflicts