Strengthening Climate Resilience<br />Regional Consultation Workshop<br />Integrating Climate Smart DRM into Sustainable Livelihoods programming<br />Presented by: CEDAC and LWF<br />The Davis Hotel Bangkok <br />22nd -23rd .July.2010<br />
Background<br />Impacts of climate hazards in Cambodia: flood and drought are the two main extreme climate events and occur every year in a number of provinces.<br />Extreme drought in recent years has meant that farmers lack sufficient water for agricultural production.; <br />Most farmer families have insufficient productivity to feed themselves, especially in the dry season <br />
Civil Society Organizations and UN agencies interventions on drought<br />CEDAC<br />LWF<br />Action Aid<br />Oxfam <br />Plan <br />World vision<br />ZoA <br />UN agencies <br />Etc ……..<br />
Strategies<br />Strengthening local leadership and improve governance for equitable and sustainable development<br />Empowering communities to obtain improved and sustainable socio-economic livelihoods<br />Empowering communities to conserve and manage natural resources in sustainable ways and to manage and mitigate disaster risk, including climate change adaptation<br />
Project Interventions and Achievements<br /><ul><li>Climate change and rice study: One of recommendations in the research is the promotion of Drought Resilient Agricultural techniques.
Applied Drought Resilient Agricultural Techniques: Through public awareness and community needs, System of rice Intensification (SRI), Multi-Purpose Farms, DRIP, vegetable growing and animal raising.
Case study collection and Farmer Magazine: Disseminate drought resilient innovations to others farmers in and outside areas through farmer magazines and case studies collection . </li></li></ul><li>Multipurpose Farm<br />
Project Interventions and Achievements<br /><ul><li>Participatory Action Research (PAR): The Involvement of farmers in all stages of the research can lead to increased adaptive capacity of farmers.</li></ul>Community Based Organizations established and functioning as structures with mandate for disaster management, and innovation development and dissemination.<br />
Project Interventions and Achievements<br />Mobilized community resources for implementing small-scale drought mitigation: Community ponds, family ponds, open wells, small canals and dams, water gate, water wheel, water jar ..etc <br />Reforestation: Awareness raising conducted to promote tree planting <br />Promoting improved cook stoves (reducing firewood consumption)<br />
Project Interventions and Achievements<br />Promote access to small scale economic opportunities & education: through improved access to saving groups (65 saving groups formed with 709 USD per group), set up of community owned groceries shops <br />Linking farmers to markets: promoting organic rice cultivation, establishing rice producer groups, community based rice mill.<br />
Project Interventions and Achievements<br />Increase public awareness of climate change and disaster risks:<br /> 1. Counseling cards on drought resilience agricultural technique developed and disseminated<br /> 2. Posters developed and disseminated on what community members should do before, during and after drought. <br /> 3. Radio program on promoting climate change adaptation and DRR<br />
Challenges<br />Drought occurs more frequently, presumably affected by climate change<br />Communities and local leaders have limited capacities to cope<br />Advocacy to duty bearers to assist vulnerable communities in disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change.<br />
Lesson Leant<br />Strong grassroots community based organizations and networks are able to mobilize and strengthen mutual help when the community members face physical and financial crisis;<br />Participatory Action Research approaches build the confidence of farmers to apply innovations;<br /> Drought resilient agriculture techniques provide a high potential for Cambodia to mitigate disasters and adapt to climate change<br />
Publication<br />Climate Change and Rice Study;<br />Case studies on drought resilient agriculture techniques;<br />