2nd Meeting of the National Council for Sustainable Development reviews the progress of sustainable development efforts

2ndNCSD meetingThe second meeting of the National Council for Sustainable Development (NCSD) was held at the Ministry of Environment on 03 October 2017 under chairmanship of H.E. Say Samal, Minister of Environment and NCSD chairman. This meeting brought together senior government representatives at the central and provincial to review the progress made supporting development efforts, including collection inputs and principally approved on key strategic documents such as draft of Environment​ and Natural Resources Code, draft of National Environmental Strategy and Action Plan (NESAP) and REDD+ strategic plan.

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Joint Crediting Mechanism in Cambodia helps to reduce GHG emissions

LED lightingCambodia has been participating in climate change mitigation mechanisms since 2006 when its first Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project was approved. Since then, 10 other CDM projects were approved, as well as 2 REDD+ projects and

2 Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) projects, with more projects on the pipeline. While CDM and REDD+ mechanisms follow specific requirements set by Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the UNFCCC, JCM is a system to cooperate with developing countries for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, in which the result of reduction is assessed as contribution by both partner countries and Japan.

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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: From adaptation research to practice

VA diagram newThe Department of Climate Change, General Secretariat for Sustainable Development (GSSD) and the National Committee for Sub National Democratic Development (NCDD) are using the official guidelines for conducting vulnerability reduction assessment (VRA) at the sub-national level. The requirement to conduct the VRA is part of the inter-ministerial Prakas on technical guidelines on the preparation and establishment of subnational development plans and rolling investment programmes, approved by Ministry of Planning and Ministry of Interior in March 2017. VRA results can be used to mainstream climate change adaption and disaster risk management into Commune Development Plans (CDPs) and Commune Investment Programmes (CIPs).

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Climate Responsive Budgets can help enhance Cambodia’s GDP growth

Graph CBACambodia is ranked among the top ten most vulnerable countries to climate change. 17% of communes are rated as being “highly” vulnerable and 32% “quite” vulnerable to climate change (NCSD, 2014). Ultimately, climate change losses could reduce GDP growth by 1.5% in 2030 and by 3.5% in 2050. Without climate change action, GDP growth could be reduced to just 1% per year by 2050 (CCFF, 2014).

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Mekong Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan Addresses Transboundary Adaptation Challenges in the Lower Mekong Basin

MASAP in CambodiaThe impact of climate change in the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) countries – Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand – is particularly severe, as their economies rely heavily on climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture and fisheries. The cascade of climate change impacts is already putting people’s livelihoods at risk despite the efforts undertaken by the individual countries.

An analysis of the four LMB countries’ policy responses to water-related impacts of climate change showed that these efforts were not sufficient to address transboundary climate change challenges. This has led the Mekong River Commission and its four member countries to prepare a river basin-wide strategy – Mekong Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan (MASAP).

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Lecturers and Students in University of Heng Samrin Tbong Khmum are trained on Climate Change

Traing in Tbong Khmum 28Sep2017 1Tbong Khmum, 28 September 2017​–Department of Climate Change (DCC), General Secretariat of the National Council for Sustainable Development (NCSD), with support from Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA) organized a“Training Workshop on Climate Change” for lecturers and students in University of Heng Samrin Tbong Khmum, Tbong Khmum province, with participation of 152 people, including 68 women, to build capacity on the climate change terminology, cause and effect, impact, vulnerability at national and international levels in responding to climate change, and adaptation and mitigation options. The event is presided over by H.E. Pin Vannaro, the rector, and Dr. Heng Chanthoeun, deputy director of DCC.

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