Cambodia is undergoing rapid economic development and mass urbanization. The country’s economy is expected to grow by 6.5% in 2023, according to the Asian Development Bank.
This transformation comes at a heavy socioeconomic cost. A high dependence on carbon-based fuels contributes to intensifying air and water pollution, and natural resources are being depleted at an alarming rate. The International Organization for Migration says that because Cambodia is geographically vulnerable to environmental shocks, the country is approaching a humanitarian crisis.
Startups in the country are pursuing solutions to these problems. From treating wastewater and recycling plastics to developing distribution systems for renewable energy, these startups’ strategies are framed as steps to give Cambodia a more sustainable future.