Flooding closes 513 schools

Thousands of students were unable to attend classes yesterday after returning from holiday, as more than 500 schools remained closed due to flooding that has claimed 50 lives so far this year.
According to a report released by the National Committee for Disaster Management, 513 schools in six provinces shuttered their doors citing an expected lack of attendance.
The worst-affected provinces were Kampong Cham and Prey Veng, where disruptions caused by the deluge were reported in dozens of districts. In Kampong Cham, 187 schools in 13 districts were closed, while 165 schools in 12 districts postponed the new term in Prey Veng.
Banteay Meanchey, Kandal, Kratie and Stung Treng were also affected.

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Climate report paints dismal picture for region

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IPCC climate report: humans 'dominant cause' of warming

A landmark report says scientists are 95% certain that humans are the "dominant cause" of global warming since the 1950s. The report by the UN's climate panel details the physical evidence behind climate change. 

You can download the IPCC Summary document here:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/27_09_13_ipccsummary.pdf

On the ground, in the air, in the oceans, global warming is "unequivocal", it explained. It adds that a pause in warming over the past 15 years is too short to reflect long-term trends. The panel warns that continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all aspects of the climate system. To contain these changes will require "substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions".

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Cambodia Verifies the World’s First VCS Triple Gold CCB Avoided Deforestation Project

SAN FRANCISCO — The Oddar Meanchey REDD+ (Reduced Emissions for Deforestation and Degradation) project in Cambodia is the first in the world to complete verification of emission reductions under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) with a triple gold Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) accreditation for emission reductions.

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Evening the odds with Mother Nature

About 20 people grinned for the camera as they posed in front of a flagpole-like structure located just off a muddy dirt road in Kampong Chhnang province’s Samaki Meanchey district on Thursday morning. While a rather unimpressive visual, the agrometerological station is a first-of-its-kind device in Cambodia that provides data which could give small-time farmers in Kampong Chhnang a serious edge over Mother Nature.
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Flooding death toll now at 18

Floods wreaking havoc in northwest Cambodia have claimed the lives of five more people in the past week, bringing the death toll to 18, the National Committee for Disaster Management said yesterday. Officials predict water levels in the Mekong River, which started flooding last month, will continue to rise for another four to five days.

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Village's savings group keeps livelihoods afloat in Cambodia

Srun Bun Thuon, a fisherman from the Koh Kong province on the southwestern coast of Cambodia, saw his family’s life crumble seven years ago when he had to sell off his house to repay a microfinance debt. “Even our daughter’s earrings were not spared. I took them off her ears to sell to pay off the debt,” says Nhek Sophy, Srun Bun Thuon’s wife, recalling the family’s misfortune in 2007.

But the couple managed to get back on their feet since then with loans from their village’s savings fund, where villagers, bound by mutual trust, are pooling money to use for small businesses or emergencies when banking services are out of reach.

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Improving disaster preparedness in Cambodia

06 June 2013

UNDP has provided support for Cambodia’s National Committee for Disaster Management to organize training on the management of data on disaster loss and damage caused by natural disaster. Thirty-five people from various government institutions, UN agencies, development partners and non-governmental organizations took part in the workshop on 4-6 June.

The training was designed to improve management of the disaster database for more effective responses to disasters in the future.
Disaster loss and damage data exists with various ministries, but these datasets are not well organized. This has prompted the need to enhance the current Disaster Management Information System in Cambodia.

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Sweden gives new fund for climate change projects

Phnom Penh –Sweden has provided new grant to support United Nations Development Programme in carrying out projects aimed at improving livelihoods of Cambodian people in rural communities most vulnerable to impacts of climate change.

Swedish Ambassador H.E. Mrs. Anne Höglund and UNDP Country Director Setsuko Yamazaki signed the grant agreement of SEK 10.57 million Swedish Kronor (US$1.6 million) on Friday, 10 May 2013. The amount is in addition to SEK 17.30 million (US$2.6 million) that the Swedish Government has given earlier to UNDP to implement Cambodia Community-Based Adaptation Project (CCBAP).

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Greater gender role in climate change response

24 April 2013

Phnom Penh – In connection to the visit by Ms. Anna Lindstedt, the Swedish Ambassador for Climate Change, the Swedish embassy held, on 24 April, a discussion on gender-related issues in the context of climate change. The objective was to highlight the need for greater effort by policy makers and practitioners alike in integrating gender into strategies to respond to climate change.
Mrs. Anne Hoglund, Ambassador of Sweden to Cambodia said: “the Swedish Government attaches great importance of the issue of climate change, both globally, regionally and nationally. Cambodia has been assessed as the sixth most vulnerable country in the world to the impacts of climate change, mainly due to weak capacity of adaptation and mitigation at national and local levels. Women and children, especially in rural areas, are amongst the poorest and most vulnerable segments of the population, and will likely bear the most of the burden of climate change impacts, be it through floods or droughts due to changing climate patterns.”

To read more on this, please follow this link to the full article from UNDP Cambodia

 

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