UNDP focal point
Ms. Kalyan KEO, Programme Analyst
UNDP, No. 53, Street 51, Phnom Penh
Tel: + 855 (0) 23 216 167
The aim of the project is to make Cambodia’s agricultural sector less vulnerable to changes in the availability of water resources resulting from climate change. It will also contribute to the broader goal of enhancing adaptive capacity to prevent food insecurity in Cambodia induced by climate change. The project will work to increase awareness of climate change, demonstrate climate resilient practices in agriculture and water resource management and integrate responses into provincial, district and commune development plans. The project is the first designed to respond to the priorities identified in Cambodia’s National Adaptation Programme of Action to Climate Change (NAPA).
|Global Environmental Facility||US$ 1,850,000|
|Parallel funding: Royal Government of Cambodia||US$ 180,000|
As of June 2013, the project accumulative delivery is US$ 2,921,205.
Under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which Cambodia joined in 2002, Least Developed Countries such as Cambodia are encouraged to develop NAPAs. Support for developing these NAPAs is provided through the Global Environment Facility, a multi-donor facility. Cambodia’s National Adaptation Programme of Action to Climate Change (NAPA) was endorsed by the Government in 2006. Cambodia’s NAPA identifies priority interventions, designed to address the urgent needs for adaptation in key sectors, primarily agriculture, water resources, the coastal zone and human health.
The NAPA outlines 39 “no regrets” adaptation projects, 20 of which focus on issues of water resources and agriculture. The projects were identified on the basis of gap and policy analysis, a field survey, consultations, expert reviews and an inter-ministerial review. They are aligned with Cambodia’s development objectives, which are outlined in the Rectangular Strategy for Growth, Employment, Equity and Efficiency (2004) and the National Strategic Development Plan (2006-2010).Promoting Climate Resilient Water Management and Agricultural Practices in Rural Cambodia is one of them. It is the first project to systematically address gaps in institutional and individual capacity in affected rural communities to manage agricultural water resources in a changing climate. It is also demonstrating resilient irrigation, freshwater management and farming options. As Cambodia has been undertaking a concerted effort of decentralization, these efforts are focusing primarily on provincial, district and communal planning systems. These include Commune Planning and Budgeting Committees, Commune Councils and Farmer Water User Committees.
The project is working in two contrasting agricultural districts, which were selected for their high vulnerability as well as for differences in agro-ecological and socio-economic circumstances. It is being implemented in partnership with the Rural Livelihoods Improvement Project, which is funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development and UNDP. Lessons learned will be replicated in other high-risk areas in Cambodia, and made accessible to other countries in the region.
National Project Manager
Mr Kimthourn HOK
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Project Support Unit (MAFF PSU)
No. 200, Preah Norodom Blvd, Sangkat Tonle Bassac
Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh
Tel: +855 (0) 23 993 342