PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA – May 2015: Cambodia Climate Resilience Kicks Off With High-Level Roundtable Discussions

In February 2015 ICEM commenced work on a major new initiative to support of the Royal Cambodian Government (RGC) to strengthen resilience to climate change. The project entitled ‘Mainstreaming climate resilience into development planning’ is a four-year program funded by ADB under the global Climate Investment Funds initiative. The project aims to ensure that the RGC has sustained institutional and technical capacity to integrate adaptation concerns into development planning and is part of the RGC and ADB’s USD$555 million Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR).

ICEM will implement a package of activities including:

  • Providing coordination for the SPCR program;
  • Delivering technical support and guidance to better integrate climate change into sector policies, plans and standards;
  • Developing feasibility studies and proposals for financing new climate change adaptation projects; and
  • Producing a range of communications materials and resources to raise awareness of the work of the SPCR and climate change issues.

A key element of the team’s work is to build capacity to tackle climate change amongst the Ministries responsible for the development of the agriculture, water, transport and urban sectors. With this in mind, during May 2015 the ICEM team conducted a series of roundtable meetings with the Ministry of Environment (MOE); Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (MAFF); Water Resources and Meteorology (MoWRAM); Public Works and Transport (MPWT); and Rural Development (MRD).

Roundtable Meeting with the Cambodian Ministry of Public Works and Transport on 25 May 2015

Roundtable Meeting with the Cambodian Ministry of Public Works and Transport on 25 May 2015

A separate roundtable was also held with the project teams responsible for implementation of other SPCR projects. The outcome of the roundtables is an up-to-date assessment of capacity and a benchmark for regular monitoring of progress over the remaining life of the project.

Project Team Leader, Peter-John Meynell, believes that the approach adopted by the team will set it apart from previous efforts to strengthen capacity on climate change in Cambodia:

“While a number of groups have already assessed the capacity of government agencies to tackle climate change, the difference in our approach is that we want to measure capacity and changes in capacity over time. We believe that this will be a more effective way to target our activities and make them useful for the agencies we work with. Revisiting our measure of capacity over time will also help us to see whether our work is making a difference and how we can improve.”

The results of the capacity assessment and the project team’s approach to the implementation of the project will be presented at an upcoming Inception Workshop to be held on Tuesday 7 July 2015 at the Sunway Hotel, Phnom Penh. A final inception report for the project will follow shortly afterwards.

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