Cambodian resilient urban green infrastructure: Economic and Policy Analysis Study

  • Thorn, J. P. R. (Consultant)
  • Kit Nicholson (Consultant)
  • Kakada Droung (Consultant)
  • Seng Kimty (Consultant)
  • Gary Grant (Consultant)

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy and expert advice


The report describes the results of a study into the economics and policy framework for resilient urban green infrastructure (GI) in Cambodia, with a focus on Phnom Penh. The study was undertaken for the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Cambodian Climate Change Alliance and the United Nations Development Programme.

The report aims to generate evidence, economic analysis and concrete policy recommendations to integrate green infrastructure (GI) in urban development in Cambodia. The target audience for this document is local administrators and municipal officials, policy makers, residential, commercial and industrial development project developers, business, the public, academics, non-governmental organizations and national and international development partners. Insights should help to prioritize and assess urban GI in Phnom Penh, with relevant insights for other cities across Cambodia and across Southeast Asia.

The objectives of the study were as follows:

1. to diagnose the current status of urban GI as well as demand for urban GI in Cambodia.
2. to analyse costs and benefits and other relevant analysis for potential urban GI initiatives in residential and commercial areas under baseline and GI scenarios.
3. to review current GI policies in Cambodia and international best practices and provide policy options to the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) and other relevant government institutions aiming at promoting GI, including measures for the development of a supportive ecosystem along with financing approaches.

Work forUnited Nations Development Programme, Cambodia
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • urban green infrastructure
  • nature based solutions
  • urban resilience
  • climate change adaptation
  • ecosystem based adaptation
  • Phnom Penh