Project Description

Community-based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) and

Farmer Water Users Community (FWUC) Support

Donor / Partner: ADB    |    Duration: 2015-2017   |    Location: Cambodia

About: Cambodia experiences flood and drought and their associated risks on an almost annual basis. Rural communities normally bear the worst impacts of these natural hazards.

In some years, flooding results in the loss of human life, destruction of crops and livestock, and damage to homes and community infrastructure. While long-term and flash flooding may garner more immediate attention, drought can also cause adverse impacts as it affects food security amongst local rural populations by destroying or damaging crops and livestock. Drought can occur during the dry season, but can also occur during wet season when the time lag of precipitation events exceeds more than 2 to 3 weeks. Over the past years, Cambodia has increasingly been affected by agricultural droughts.

ICEM has been subcontracted by Agrifood Consulting International (ACI) to contribute inputs to the ADB-funded project Community-based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) and Farmer Water Users Community (FWUC) Support. This project is being conducted in Pursat Province under the guidance of the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology (MOWRAM) of the Royal Government of Cambodia.

The CBDRM and FWUC Support forms the main aspect of non-structural measures designed to support communities in the command area to become more flood- and drought-resilient. The project will also enhance local capacity in irrigation system operations and management by strengthening the activities of Farmer Water User Committees and Farmer Water User Groups.

Outputs include:

  • Provincial, District, Commune and Village level participants from selected areas trained in flood and drought risk assessment and analysis, prioritization, definition and implementation of locally appropriate flood and drought risk management measures
  • Safer Village and Commune Plans developed, utilized and updated
  • Community-driven flood and drought risk reduction measures implemented in all selected communes
  • Local level Coordinating Committees organized and managing the CBDRM implementation
  • Technical Support and services available to provide technical assistance to the Coordinating Communities
  • Local facilitators recruited and trained to support village and commune planning and implementing risk reduction strategies in participating communes
  • A CBDRM model formulated and implemented in the project area