Preah Sihanouk – 29 November 2016. The Department of Climate Change (DCC), General Secretariat of the National Council for Sustainable Development (GSSD), with support from the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA), the Strategic Programme for Climate Resilient (SPCR) and Plan International, organized a “Knowledge-Sharing Event on Cambodia’s Response to Climate Change”. The event at Preah Sihanouk Province waspresided by H.E. Tin Ponlok, GSSD’s Secretary General, and counted with over 100 climate change practitioners and representatives, including the government representatives, development partners, academia, NGOs, community-based organizations involved in the implementation of climate change related projects, as well as the private sector.
The main objective of the event was to bring together a wide range of practitioners to share their experiences in implementing and supporting community based climate change related practices in Cambodia. The event provided an opportunity not only to exchange knowledge about climate change response practices in the country, but to hold discussions on potential policy options to support the scale-up of these practices and their integration into Cambodia’s development planning.
H.E. Tin Ponlok, GSSD’s Secretary General, underlined that designing and implementing an effective climate change response is considered a difficult task because the exact timing, place and impacts of climate change are not yet identified with a reliable level of certainty. Knowledge-sharing is thus very important to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the climate change response.
The meeting included key sessions on
1) Government’s efforts in addressing climate change, including Cambodia’s climate change response, its national strategy and plans for addressing climate change,
2) Experiences, lessons learnt and potential synergies for local level adaptation from the implementation of different projects, including those focusing on agriculture, livelihoods and local governance,
3) Status of climate change mitigation efforts in Cambodia and lessons learnt from the development and implementation of mitigation projects, including different results based climate finance mechanisms (CDM, NAMA, REDD+), and
4) community-based adaptation, including traditional and indigenous adaptation practices (e.g. in water resources, infrastructure, and agriculture) and adaptation practices which empower women and children/youth. A market place exhibiting selected adaptation case studies also provided an opportunity for participants to discuss their respective approaches and learn from each other in a more informal manner.
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