Capacity Building in Knowledge Management for Three Rio Conventions

Project Summary

The goal of this project is to improve the implementation of three Rio Conventions, i.e. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Chang (UNFCCC), United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) and United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in Cambodia through the development of national capacities to better coordinate and generate information related to the implementation of these Conventions.

Through a learning-by-doing process, the project will harmonize existing information systems, and integrate internationally accepted measurement standards and methodologies, as well as consistent reporting on the global environment. It will target the development of capacities at the individual and organizational level, strengthening technical skills to manage data and transform this information into knowledge. The project will also support activities to strengthen the coordination between key sectors to address biodiversity, climate change and land degradation issues at systemic and institutional levels.

Key Expected Results

1. Improved access and generation of information related to the three Rio Conventions;

  • A harmonized information management system covering the three Rio Conventions.
  • A common clearinghouse mechanism for the three Rio Conventions.
  • Existing stakeholder platforms strengthened in order to increase stakeholder engagement in Convention related dialogues.
  • Strengthened coordination between key sectors to address biodiversity, climate change and land degradation issues at systemic and institutional levels.

2. Improved use of information and knowledge related to the Rio Conventions.

  • Innovative tools piloted for decision-making using the economic valuation of the use of natural resources.
  • Strengthened capacity of existing national implementing institutions on negotiation skills and national preparatory process for COPs and other related meetings for the Rio conventions.
  • A unified reporting process on the implementation status of the three Rio Conventions.

Contributing Donors



Contributing donors Amount
Regular UNDP Cash US$150,000
Global Environment Facility US$990,000
Government In-kind US$150,000
UNDP In-kind US$1,000,000

Project background

As a Global Environment Facility (GEF) eligible country, Cambodia obtained an UNDP-GEF grant to conduct its National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSA), which started in 2005 and was concluded in 2006. This extensive assessment identified a large number of common issues and capacity needs pertaining to the 3 Rio Conventions (UNFCCC, UNCCD, CBD). The NCSA identified that ‘administrative systems and mechanisms like checks-and-balance systems, governance controls, salary and rewards systems, telecommunications, data bases, information systems and networks, reporting systems, even record systems, are yet being slowly built up in Cambodia’ and that ‘… these systems and mechanisms are fundamental to consolidating capacities in Cambodia. Their continued weakness is eroding the ability of Royal Government of Cambodia to muster the capacities that might be available, however modestly, from different sources and sectors in the country’. Cambodia decided to place a request with UNDP to formulate the Cambodian Cross-Cutting Capacity Development (CCCD) project about knowledge and information management for enhanced implementation of the Rio Conventions.

On basis of the international portfolio of NCSA, the GEF outlined its strategy for an NCSA follow up programme, called Cross-Cutting Capacity Development. The GEF has liberated a funding opportunity for countries to finance follow up of their NCSA’s in a CCCD project. Cambodia requested GEF and UNDP assistance for its CCCD project.

The project 'Generating, Accessing and Using Information and Knowledge Related to the Three Rio Conventions' was approved by GEF in September 2014 and was initiated in October 2015, with a scheduled completion by September 2017. The project is implemented by the General Secretariat of the National Council for Sustainable Development, Ministry of Environment (GSSD/MoE) in close partnership with the UNDP Country Office and various institutional counterparts. The project has received a no-cost extension to December 2018, in light of unforeseen complications in the recruitment processes and resulting delays in project implementation.

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