With funding support from CCCA/Cambodian Climate Change Alliance, CEDAC in cooperation with Ratanakiri Provincial Department of Agriculture is implementing a 15-month climate-related project, called “Building resilience against climate change for small-scale farmers and local authorities in Ratanakiri province” in 20 villages across 6 communes in 3 districts of Ratanakiri Province.

Overall objective: Contribute to the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger among small-scale farmer families in Ratanakiri Province, enhancing their resilience against climate change.

Output 1: Sub-national administrations in Ratanakiri province empowered to take ownership over climate change issues, and to support these local governing bodies through capacity building and institutional strengthening in order to collaboratively develop adaptation and DRR techniques that support rural farmers, especially women.

Output 2: Farmers’ and women’s adaptive improved capacities to climate change through the application of climate resilient agricultural techniques

Output 3: Improved communities’ water accessibility for farming through the rehabilitation of small-scale irrigation systems and the establishment of farmer water-user groups

Expected results

  • Seven staff from the PDA will gain extensive knowledge regarding climate change and Disaster Risk Reduction; the PDA will integrate climate change into their development plan, the Commune Investment Plans (CIPs) and Commune Development Plans (CDPs)
  • 50 sub-national administration officials will improve their knowledge about climate change adaption, climate-smart agricultural techniques and DRR
  • 100 representatives of farmer groups will be trained and have improved capacity to apply climate-smart agricultural techniques
  • 400 farmers will apply climate resilient agricultural techniques introduced and disseminated by the project
  • 20 demonstration sites will be developed
  • Vulnerability Study on Climate Change and Climate Hazards will be conducted
  • 100 family fish ponds will be constructed for cultivation of fish culture
  • Three natural water reservoirs and three dams will be renovated
  • 100 farmer families will receive big jars for storing rainwater during the rainy season
  • Six farmer water-user groups will be established and functioning at high-levels
  • 20 case studies on best practices and one booklet on the project’s experiences will be produced and widely disseminated to the relevant stakeholders

On 30 November 2011, CEDAC in cooperation with the Provincial Department of Agriculture organized a launching workshop with approximately 70 participants who are village chief, commune councillors, district governor, vice district governors, representatives from government line departments (such as the provincial department of agriculture, environment, water resource and meteorology, women’s affairs..). Mr. Yi Kim Than Program Director and Mr. Yim Sok Sophors Program Officer of CEDAC also participated in the workshop. The major purpose of the launching workshop was to introduce the project, which include the objective, expected outputs, key activities, to the local authorities, government line department and key stakeholders.

Representatives of different government line departments and vice provincial governor presided over the workshop. They provided opening speech at the beginning of the workshop. In general, it is really good that non-governmental organization like CEDAC is working closely with the government departments. It is good to cooperate among private sector, public sector and civil society to address the climate change issues. It is important to notice that Ms. Reiko Kurihara Representative of the funding agency – CCCA also provided impression and presented the CCCA profile to the participants in plenary. Then, Mr. Heang Thira project manager presented the general concept of the project in plenary. Question and answer were conducted at the end of each presentation.

In the afternoon, the participants were divided into small groups discussion to discuss about:

  1. what is climate change ?
  2. according to your experience, what are the problems and solutions you have been conducted to deal with climate change issues?
  3. after the plenary presentation on the project, which expected results may be difficult and easy to achieve?
  4. what are the concrete and realistic actions to be implemented in coping with the climate change issues?
  5. who are the involvement stakeholders of the project? what are the roles and key responsibilities toward the project?

Each group took about a half hour to discuss the five questions mentioned above and then group representative presented the results in plenary.

At the end of the workshop, the participants strongly impressed about the result of their participation in this workshop. They have understood clearly about the general concept of climate change. For example, they understand what climate change is, causes of climate change, impact of climate change as well as knowledge and experience in dealing with the climate change issues. Lastly, the closing remarks was conducted by H.E. Nap Bunheng vice provincial governor of Ratanakiri province. He strongly supports to the project while the farmers and government line department would have gained their knowledge and experience in implementing the project. At the same time, the adaptive capacity to climate change would be enhanced which result in building a good resilient community in the near future.