As a national agronomist for the project “Strengthening the adaptive capacity and resilience of rural communities using micro-watershed approaches to climate change and variability to attain sustainable food security in Cambodia (Life and Nature: GCP/CMB/036/LDF)”, I participated in the first project coordination meeting organized at Himawari Hotel, on 17 August 2015.

It is to notice that FAO partners with MOE is implementing the project mentioned above to build adaptive capacity of rural communities and reduce their vulnerability to Climate Change  through micro-watershed management and climate resilient agriculture practices to ensure food security of thousands of farmers in 4 micro-watersheds in Siem Reap, Kampong Thom, Preah Vihear, and Ratanakiri provinces.

The Project Coordination Committee (PCC) serves as a platform that relevant project stakeholders at the national level can be used for the purpose of discussion, problem-solving, learning, and reflection. The specific focus of the PCC is on technical components of the project, in particular, in relation to policy guidance, implementation and the coordination of activities. PCC created with a composition of representatives from different government line ministries/departments.

Project Coordination Committee Meeting at Himawari Hotel, Phnom Penh.
Project Coordination Committee Meeting at Himawari Hotel, Phnom Penh. Mr. Kim Nong, Deputy Director General of MOE chaired the meeting.

The first meeting of the PCC was organized with 13 PCC members to understand nature of the Life and Nature project, to discuss and finalize roles/responsibilities of the PCC as well as to gather comment from PCC members on the proposed annual work plan of the Life and Nature project.

The PCC members are representatives from Ministry of Environment, Cambodian Agriculture Research and Development Institute, Forestry Administration, Royal University of Agriculture, Ministry of Water Resource and Meteorology, Ministry of Interior, General Directorate of Agriculture, and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN).

During the meeting, PCC members discussed the frequency of the PCC meeting, how the life and nature project work at the sub-national level, procurement process, composition of the PCC members, roles and responsibilities of the PCC, and some other issues.

The meeting finished with fruitful results. Some actions to take are:

  • Investigate FAO and GEF regulations how the project provides fund to commune councils
  • Prepare and submit revised declaration to minister for signing (other 2 MOE officials to be added in the PCC)
  • Roles and responsibility of the PCC Chairs to be highlighted in the revised Declaration
  • Revise PCC TOR
  • Create Dropbox for storage and sharing of relevant document / information