Planners and Practitioners Meet to Share Knowledge on Strengthening Climate Resilience of Local Communities

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SIEM REAP: A total 170 representatives from ministries/agencies, development partners, academia, civil society and private sector working on climate change adaptation and mitigation at the national and sub-national levels attended a two-day knowledge sharing event on “Strengthening Climate Resilience of Local Communities in Cambodia”, November 12-13, 2018, a platform to exchange lessons learned and share experiences/challenges in building community-based climate resilience as well as looking for effective approaches for Cambodia's response to climate change.

At the opening of the workshop, H.E. Tin Ponlok, Secretary General of the General Secretariat of National Council for Sustainable Development considered climate change is one among major factors affecting sustainable development, the efforts to reduce poverty and national economic development. So we need to share knowledge and experience either good and bad of what is practiced and what is not, as well as what should be avoided in order to benefit to Cambodia's response to climate change towards a green society, low carbon emission, equity and harmony between human lives and the environment.

H.E. Ny Kimsan, Deputy Director General of Ministry of Information as well as Director of Program Management and Support Division, National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development (NCDD), also stated that climate change is a major current and future threat to development, especially for poor countries whose economies rely on agriculture like Cambodia. He also further called for the participating stakeholders help the formulation of strategic plans, project implementation, and sub-national administrative capacity development in adaptation to climate change.

Key topics were shared during the event such as (1) approach to strengthen mainstreaming of climate change and disaster risk reduction into sub-national planning, (2) Tools to facilitate CC and DRR response at sub-national level, (3) Successful initiatives on strengthening resilience of local communities – lessons from a wide range of actors and (4) Understanding persistent gaps and how to facilitate and scale up CC and DRR efforts to strengthen resilience of local communities – views from different actors.

This knowledge-sharing event was organized by the Department of Climate Change of the General Secretariat of the National Council for Sustainable Development with support from the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA), the Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR) and the Reducing the Vulnerability of Cambodian Rural Livelihoods through Enhanced Sub-National Climate Change Planning and Execution of Priority Actions (SRL). Such knowledge sharing events are held annually with various topics to improve the livelihood of the people.

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