Climate Change, IFAD and Cambodia in the news

Cilmate change is a major concern for all farmers and development partners in the agricultural sector. In the first quarter of 2015, various press articles related to IFAD, Cambodia and Climate change were released. Here are a few exerpts from selected articles:

NAPA Follow-Up - Promoting Climate Resilient Water Management and Agricultural Practices in Rural Cambodia - by Mr. Hok Kimthourn

Cambodia hopes for global climate pact 4th March 2015 - Phnom Penh Post

Climate change costs growing 25 Feb 2015 - Phnom Penh Post

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NAPA Follow-Up - Promoting Climate Resilient Water Management and Agricultural Practices in Rural Cambodia - by Mr. Hok Kimthourn

 In collaboration with Cambodia Community Based Adaptation Programme (Small Grant Programme of UNDP), Local Governance on Climate Change Phase II and Scaling up climate change into sub-national planning and budgeting process (SNC Scale Up projects), a joint reflection workshop on climate change mainstreaming into sub-national planning process was organized in November 2014. There were 88 participants with representatives from governments, development partners, non-government organizations, local authorities and communities.

-Increase public awareness and environmental education programmes on climate risk reduction: the project established a knowledge platform between NAPA FU and IFAD supported projects (RULIP, PADEE) with focus on agricultural extension support and climate change adaptation in agriculture and water sectors.

-Improve knowledge among government planners about on-going adaptation investments and gaps in the area of climate-resilient farming: with financial support from the project, the Royal University of Agriculture has carried out a survey to collect agriculture data to support the regional capacity building program on the Economics of Climate Change Adaption. As part of knowledge sharing, the project hosts four study visits for IRAS Project (NAFRI), Local Government and Climate Change (NCDDS) and PADEE (MAFF) teams from Takeo and Battambang provinces and NCDDS Core Group on Climate Change Mainstreaming to learn about mainstreaming climate change in local planning processes and hand-on experiences on climate change adaptation in Preah Vihear province.

Conduct an impact assessment study capturing benefits of adaptation investment promoted under the project: to produce an evidence-based case study from the project, a consulting firm, SBK, has been recruited to undertake and administer an impact assessment of the project. The data collection for the Baseline Survey and the baseline assessment report were developed and submitted to MAFF/PSU and UNDP. This will be followed up periodically throughout the project to show progress and impact of project activities.

Cambodia hopes for global climate pact 4th March 2015 - Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia is particularly at risk from man-made climate change due to its dependence on agriculture and its geography, Minister of Environment Say Sam Al said yesterday. The minister, speaking at a workshop marking 20 years of meetings on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said the lackluster intergovernmental negotiations had so-far failed to yield results.

“The negotiations on climate change, which have lasted more than 20 years, have not produced good results . . . The whole world should be concerned about this,” he said. “The longer we procrastinate the worse and more serious the consequences,” he added.

Ty Sokun, secretary of state at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, said that as a result of climate change, numerous problems would afflict agricultural production in the Kingdom. Severe flooding in 2013, which he attributed to climate change, was just one example of the phenomenon’s impact, he said, adding that a new government working group had been established to tackle the issue. Sokun said he hoped an agreement will be reached in Paris later this year that will see more funding awarded to countries like Cambodia that are especially vulnerable to climate change.


Climate change costs growing 25 Feb 2015 - Charles Rollet

The economic impact of climate change in Cambodia could be highly damaging to rural areas and worker productivity, according to a report from American development agency USAID, which applied climate projections for 2050 to today’s Mekong Basin economies.

The study, released on February 19, shows that the economic cost of future climate change – including damage to infrastructure – could put up to 61 per cent of the Kingdom’s rural GDP per capita at risk.

That places Cambodia significantly ahead of the next most vulnerable country, Laos, at 50 per cent, and much higher than Thailand, at 14 per cent.