Cambodia Climate Change Alliance

Project summary

Climate Change painting
A painting by a 12-year-old girl about the effects of climate change and benefits of mangroves on her coastal community. (Photo: CCCA)

The Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA) is a comprehensive and innovative approach to address climate change in Cambodia. It includes a unified engagement point for development partners and a multi-donor financing facility to provide resources for climate change capacity building and implementation at national and local level. The CCCA is anchored in the government’s National Climate Change Committee (NCCC), which is the mandated government coordinating and policy support entity for all aspects of climate change. The programme aims to strengthen the capacity of the National Climate Change Committee to fulfill its mandate to address climate change and to enable line ministries, local government institutions and civil society organisations to implement priority climate change actions.

Key expected results

The Cambodia Climate Change Alliance has four main expected results:

  • Improved national capacity to coordinate national policy making, capacity development, outreach/advocacy efforts, and to monitor the implementation of national climate change policy, strategy and plans
  • Improved access to updated climate change information, knowledge and learning opportunities at all levels.
  • Strengthened government capacity to mobilise and to effectively administer climate change finance and to prepare for a nationally owned trust fund.
  • Increased resilience of coastal communities and ecosystems to climate change through adaptation planning, demonstrated targeted local interventions and provision of practical learning experience in adaptation planning
  • Strengthened capacity in national, local government agencies and civil society organisations to implement climate change response initiatives in line with agreed national climate change priorities, independently or in partnerships, through access to new financial and technical resources.

Key achieved results

  • Climate change has been recognised as one of the cross-cutting issues (with gender and disaster risk management) for the National Strategic Development Plan 2014-2018, currently under development.
  • Strategic planning capacities for climate change response have been significantly increased both at national and local levels - including the Ministry of Environment (MoE) and the 9 priority line ministries, as evidenced by the production of the sectoral Climate Change Strategic Plans and the Cambodia Climate Change Strategic Plan.
  • 19 grants have been provided to various line ministries, local government and civil society organisations working to build community resilience in more than 8 different priority sectors. 
  • A Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Review was completed. The recommendations from this study will feed into the Cambodia Climate Change Financing Framework which will be the key document for Cambodia to understand the required investments but also to identify the modalities and capacities needed in order to tap into climate financing globally and domestically and to strengthen the resilience of the communities across key sectors.
  • The Cambodian climate change negotiation team has received continued support and trainings to position the Country into the international negotiations on climate change. Consecutive participations from these Cambodian negotiators have strengthened their capacities to meaningfully contribute to the development of Cambodia’s position, in alignment with the Least Developed Countries and regional position.
  • The Climate Change Communication, Education and Awareness Guidelines have been developed, together with the provincial level awareness campaign, which has already covered 10 provinces through 3 sub-national events.
  • Accessibility to key climate change information and knowledge has been improved through the implementation of a web-based knowledge management platform
  • Climate Change library corners have been installed in three leading universities to encourage wider access to climate change related information especially access to youth.

Contributing donors

Donor Amount
US$ 4,427,589.78
DANIDA US$ 564,616.76
UNDP USD 3,000,000
EU US$ 2,856,577.17
Parallel Contribution-GEF-LDCF
US$ 1,650,000
In-kind contribution-Royal Government of Cambodia
US$ 100,000

Accumulative delivery

As of June 2013, the project delivery is US$ 8,058,304.14

Project background

The impact of climate change will be an unprecedented and increasing global threat to life, livelihoods and life-supporting systems. Cambodia’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions is negligible and the country is ranked as number 109 by the World Resources Institute, emitting only 0.29 tonnes of carbon dioxide per head of population each year. However, Cambodia will suffer from the effects of global warming due to excessive emissions in other parts of the world.

Climate change is expected to compound and amplify development challenges, stresses and problems. Like other countries in Southeast Asia, Cambodia is expected to experience higher and more intense rainfall. The effects are likely to include more severe water scarcity and more frequent floods, resulting in crop failures and food shortages. Accelerated loss of biodiversity will cause a decline in ecosystem services. Coastal communities and eco-systems are likely to be affected by rises in sea levels. Higher temperatures and humidity will create conditions for increased incidence of malaria and dengue fever. The poor and marginalized, particularly women and children, will be worst affected.

Cambodia ratified the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1995 and acceded to the Kyoto Protocol in 2002. It made its Initial National Communication to the UNFCCC in 2002 and is now preparing its Second National Communication. In 2006, the Government established the National Climate Change Committee (NCCC), which comprises representatives of 19 ministries and government agencies. The honorary chairman of the NCCC is H.E. Prime Minister Hun Sen.  The Climate Change Department within the Ministry of Environment provides Secretariat services to the NCCC.

In 2007, the European Union agreed to build a Global Climate Change Alliance between the EU and the developing countries that are likely to be hardest hit by climate change. Cambodia was selected to be a pilot country. UNDP supported an expansion of this vision by facilitating the participation of other donors, initially Sweden and Denmark. In October 2009, the NCCC held Cambodia’s first National Forum on Climate Change. The Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA) was announced at the forum by the EU and UNDP and formally launched in February 2010.

The CCCA is one of several initiatives designed to strengthen Cambodia’s response to climate change. The Government submitted its National Adaptation Programme of Action to Climate Change (NAPA) to the UNFCCC in 2007. The NAPA is now being updated and the first NAPA follow-up project, Promoting Climate Resilient Water Management and Agricultural Practices in Rural Cambodia, is being implemented.

Project overview
Project ID
Total budget
US$ 10,848,783.71
Project starting date
February 2010
Expected ending date
June 2014
Phnom Penh
Focus area
Environment and Energy
Millennium Development Goal
Cambodia MDG7
UNDP Country Programme
Outcome 2: National and local authorities, communities and private sector are better able to sustainably manage ecosystems goods and services and respond to climate change.
Project officer
UNDP focal point

Ms. Kalyan Keo, Programme Analyst

No. 53, Street 51, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tel: +855 (0) 23 216 167, ext. 240



Implementing partner

Dr. Ponlok Tin, Deputy Director General and Head of the CCCA Trust Fund Secretariat

Ministry of Environment

No. 48, Samdech Preah Sihanouk Blvd, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tel: + 855 (0) 23 218 370



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