Strengthening Resilient Livelihood

Project summary

The project, Reducing the Vulnerability of Cambodian Rural Livelihoods through Enhanced Sub-National Climate Change Planning and Execution of Priority Actions, aims to improve sub-national administration systems affecting investments in rural livelihoods through climate sensitive planning, budgeting and execution.

This project has been designed to reduce the vulnerability of rural Cambodians, especially land-poor, landless and/or women-headed households. This will be achieved through investments in small-scale water management infrastructure, technical assistance to resilient agricultural practices, and capacity building support, especially targeting poor women, for improved food production in home gardens. Importantly, these services will be delivered by sub-national administrations (communes, districts and provinces) with a view to strengthen their overall capacity to plan, design and deliver public services for resilience building.

Cambodia is one of the poorest nations in South-East Asia. About 70% of Cambodian households derive all or an important part of their income from agriculture and the majority of agricultural production is dependent on the monsoon rain and natural floods/recession of the Tonle Sap River and Lake. Climate change is likely to disrupt the natural cycle of the monsoonal system and the hydrological function of the interconnected Mekong-Tonle Sap River drainage system and therefore cause a significant impact on the livelihood and welfare of rural Cambodians. 

The Department of Climate Change (DCC) of the General Secretariat of the National Council for Sustainable Development (NCSD), chaired by Ministry of Environment (MoE) is the Implementing Partner, with support from a number of key technical Ministries including the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, etc. To ensure cross-sectoral integration, responsiveness to local needs and sustainability, sub-national activities of the Project will be integrated with the National Programme for Sub-National Democratic Development (NP-SNDD) under the coordination of National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development Secretariat (NCDDS). The Project will be implemented in 89 communes and 10 districts of Siem Reap and Kampong Thom provinces over a four-year period.


  • Organized the Climate Change (CC) and Gender awareness raising workshop for 255 (99 women) sub-national councilors and key stakeholders.
  • Through a NCSD/NCDDS facilitated workshop, 120 provincial/district project team and key stakeholders (19 women) gained better knowledge about Climate Change and Vulnerability Reduction Assessment (VRA); and became facilitators to implement VRA in their districts/ communes.
  • Training manual on climate resilient small-scale irrigation system reviewed and updated.
  • Trained 50 technical Support Officer (TSO), representative from Provincial Planning and Investment Division (PID), and Technical Support Consultants (TSC) on the Climate Resilient Infrastructure Design and Construction.
  • Selected 6 priority projects (rehabilitation of irrigation canals, dams with spill-way and community pond) in 5 communes to be implemented in 2017.
  • The project team facilitated the VRA assessments in 16 vulnerable communes in 8 target districts. The VRA findings are being incorporated in the Commune Development Plans / Commune Investment Programs, and for preparation of District Strategic Plan for Climate Change Adaptation.

Contributing donors

Total Budget (2016-2020) 
Donor name Amount contribution 
Global Environment Facility US$4,567,500.00
UNDP TRAC/Core Fund                US$218,528.78

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