INTEGRATING CLIMATE CHANGE RESILIENCE, LIVELIHOODS AND FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT FOR THE TONLE SAP

Integrating CC Resilience TonlesapPURPOSE OF PROJECT
The project aims at developing climate change resilient livelihood strategies for communities in target areas based on priorities identified in the vulnerability assessment, working with community fisheries committees and commune representatives; and the project also looks at building the climate adaptation and ecosystem-based adaptation planning capacity of the national agencies including Tonle Sap Authority and relevant ministries.
 
KEY RESULTS   
The vulnerability to climate change of the communities in the target regions is reduced through more effective management of fisheries resources;
  • Target communities experience reduced debt;
  • The adaptive capacity of local institutions is improved through trainings and capacity building on EbA;
  • Impact of activities tracked;
  • Three Community Fisheries Committees with improved functionality and  incorporating adaptation into their management;
  • Three Village Savings Associations Developed;
  • Local decision makers and community representatives have increasing awareness about CC and EbA;
  • Monitoring and evaluation system implemented and integrated into the Ifredi and TSA frameworks

BACKGROUND
The Tonle Sap is a critically important ecosystem for Cambodian people and wildlife. The livelihoods and food security of the area’s several million inhabitants are closely intertwined with this biologically rich lake, its seasonally flooded forests, and the rivers flowing into it. Research shows that longer dry seasons, warmer temperatures and change in the river flow patterns critical for the productivity of the lake and its fisheries may result from climate change. The dependency of Tonle Sap’s people on fishing for their survival and livelihoods makes them vulnerable to these climate change impacts, often with low adaptive capacity, such as insufficient financial reserves available to them when they cannot fish. Climate change will work in synergy with other threats to the system, accelerating damage due to intense fishing, forest clearing and upstream development. Conservation International has been working with Tonle Sap communities for the past three years to help break the cycle of degradation associated with climate change.  Recommendations from this work are now ready for implementation.

The project is designed to build community resilience to climate change by improving the functionality of community fisheries management; enhancing protection of ecosystems critical for sustaining fisheries and other resources people depend upon to survive and thrive; and increasing awareness among policy makers about the role ecosystems play in climate change resilience to influence policy making-all of which is founded on an Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) approach. Expected results include improved ecosystem and fisheries management for climate change resilience for about 2,000 people living in the communities near the Kampong Prak Fish Sanctuary in Pursat province, and in BoeungTonleChhmar in Kampong Thom province, including protecting flooded forests and associated dry season ponds and covering an area of at least 15,000 hectares.

PROJECT INFORMATION

DURATION

15 months

(Jan. 2013 – Mar. 2014)

PROJECT PARTNERS

Main implementation partners are Fisheries Administration (FiA) and local communities, the projctwill also work with other such as MoE and TSA

TOTAL BUDGET

$220,575.94

LOCATION

Tonle Sap Lake

CCCA-TF CONTRIBUTION

$148,429.12

CONTACT

Counterpart Contact: Mr. Bannara Min # 102, St. 95, SangkatBoeungTrabek, Khan Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tel: (855-23) 214 627

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.conservation.org

 

CO-FINANCING

$72,146.82

PROJECT DELIVERY

N/A

PROJECT STATUS

Existing umbrella program, new proposed activities

LEVEL OF INTERVENTION

Community, national and sub-national

 This factsheet can be downloaded here:
 

KEY RESULTS                                                                               

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*      The vulnerability to climate change of the communities in the target regions is reduced through more effective management of fisheries resources;

*      Target communities experience reduced debt;

*      The adaptive capacity of local institutions is improved through trainings and capacity building on EbA;

*      Impact of activities tracked;

*      Three Community Fisheries Committees with improved functionality and  incorporating adaptation into their management;

*      Three Village Savings Associations Developed;

*      Local decision makers and community representatives have increasing awareness about CC and EbA;

*      Monitoring and evaluation system implemented and integrated into the Ifredi and TSA frameworks


 


BACKGROUND


The Tonle Sap is a critically important ecosystem for Cambodian people and wildlife. The livelihoods and food security of the area’s several million inhabitants are closely intertwined with this biologically rich lake, its seasonally flooded forests, and the rivers flowing into it. Research shows that longer dry seasons, warmer temperatures and change in the river flow patterns critical for the productivity of the lake and its fisheries may result from climate change. The dependency of Tonle Sap’s people on fishing for their survival and livelihoods makes them vulnerable to these climate change impacts, often with low adaptive capacity, such as insufficient financial reserves available to them when they cannot fish. Climate change will work in synergy with other threats to the system, accelerating damage due to intense fishing, forest clearing and upstream development.  Conservation International has been working with Tonle Sap communities for the past three years to help break the cycle of degradation associated with climate change.  Recommendations from this work are now ready for implementation.

The project is designed to build community resilience to climate change by improving the functionality of community fisheries management; enhancing protection of ecosystems critical for sustaining fisheries and other resources people depend upon to survive and thrive; and increasing awareness among policy makers about the role ecosystems play in climate change resilience to influence policy making-all of which is founded on an Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) approach. Expected results include improved ecosystem and fisheries management for climate change resilience for about 2,000 people living in the communities near the Kampong Prak Fish Sanctuary in Pursat province, and in BoeungTonleChhmar in Kampong Thom province, including protecting flooded forests and associated dry season ponds and covering an area of at least 15,000 hectares.

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