Climate Change and the value of water


It is a hot and humid day in Bati District, Takeo Cambodia. Soon after lunch, the skies become dark, the clouds become heavy and the monsoon rain starts falling on the village of Pien Meas Kan Kat. Mr Hay Khoeun has just returned from the fields, where he was planting cactus on the edge of a newly build water reservoir. After eating his lunch, he explains that the weather has changed since he was a young boy: now it is much hotter than before. The heat amplifies important problems such as access to safe water. The area is drought prone and for at least two months each year, there is no water. All the farming activities stop. During that time, drinking water becomes scarce.


Least Developed Country Expert Group (LEG) Regional Training Workshop on Adaptation for Asian Least Developed Country (LDCs)

LDCs meeting at Siem Reap August 2013

It has been proven beyond reasonable doubt that climate change is happening, and it is well accepted that the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are faced with the unavoidable challenge of coping with and adapting to adverse impacts, giventheir limited capacity.

The Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is composed of 13 experts including 6 from African least developed countries (LDCs), 2 from the Pacific LDCs, 2 from Asian LDCs and 3 from developed countries (Netherlands, Finland and Norway). It provides technical support and guidance to the LDCs in undertaking measures to adapt to climate change at the national levels through a number of processes.


A New MoE-FAO Ecosystem-based Adaptation Initiative Launched

images/Article_PictuThe Ministry of Environment (MoE), with technical cooperation programme (TCP) funding from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO), organised a Participatory Rural Appraisal training and Project Consultation meeting in Siem Reap from 3-10 June 2013 under the project “Support to Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Using Micro-watershed Approaches.” MoE signed two-year TCP project agreement with FAO in 2012 to build national capacity and endorsed the high priority development of climate change adaptation, identified under the National Adaptation Programme of Action to Climate Change (NAPA), in order to mobilize resources from the Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF) to support Cambodia.


Launch of the Action Planning and Financing Framework Exercise

CCFF WorshopOn the 11th of July 2013 in Phnom Penh, over 90 participants from key line ministries and development partners met to discuss the operationalization of the climate change strategic plans at the “inception workshop for the development of a National Climate Change Financing Framework and Climate Change Action Plans in Priority Ministries”.



Subnational Training on Climate Change

IMG 5309 r crop The Cambodia Climate Change Alliance organized the 5th sub-national training on climate change in Siem Reap province from 19-20 June 2013. The training was participated by 70 government staff from relevant provincial developments of Kampong Thom, Odor Meanchey, Preah Vihear and Siem Reap with an aim to raise their awareness on climate change issues and how to effectively respond to those challenges.


Bonn Climate Change Conference 2013: National Adaptation Plan Expo

nap expo opening 533Least Developed Countries including Cambodia participated in National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Expo which was held as an event to catalyze the launching of the NAP progress on 9 June, 2013 in Bonn Climate Change Conference. The NAP Expo aims at promoting a common understanding of the NAP process by going through the NAP guidelines, provide LDCs opportunity to communicate their plans for the formulation of NAPs, provide a platform for Parties, agencies and organizations to share information on their support to the LDCs on NAPs and offer a forum for the exchange of experience and best practices on planning, prioritizing and implementation of adaptation.


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