Canada’s support for climate change adaptation

Nov 21, 2013

A trainer teaches farmers in Preah Vihear province about seed selection. (Photo: UNDP Cambodia/Bunly Meas)

PHNOM PENH – Canada has given US$2.2 million to support a UNDP-managed climate change adaptation project for the next two years.

With the latest fund, the project – Promoting Climate Resilient Water Management and Agricultural Practices in Rural Cambodia – is now starting the second phase. Its targets are farmers and local authorities in 32 communes in Kracheh and Preah Vihear provinces.

The project will build on its previous achievements through different agricultural and livelihood schemes to help improve the villager’s ability to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

“This additional fund provides an opportunity to replicate the project successes, and more importantly those that are defined and needed by the vulnerable community,” said Napoleon Navarro, UNDP Deputy Country Director.

More than 5,500 rural families will get support with implementing an integrated farming scheme, which includes home vegetable gardening and climate-resilient rice production to improve their living condition.

“If we do not respond effectively, climate change will permanently affect our economy, society, and people’s livelihoods,” said H.E. So Khanrithykun, Director-General of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries.

During the last four years, the project was supported by US$3 million from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UNDP, and the Royal Government of Cambodia to carry out a series of activities. They included, but were no limited to, installation of solar-powered pumps to provide clean water for consumption and farming, and restoration of canals to supply adequate water to the rice field.

The Ministry of Agriculture is implementing the project in partnership with the Ministries of Water Resources and Meteorology and Women’s Affairs.