Stakeholder Consultations Cap Off Climate Vulnerability Study in Cambodia

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A series of meetings with project stakeholders on 10-12 February 2020 culminated CDIA’s Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment (CVAA) in Cambodia. 

Representatives from provincial and city governments, Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT), Ministry of Economy and Finance, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, and development partners engaged actively in the discussions of the Steering Committee and provided insights on the main study findings and recommendations.

Supported by Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the European Union, the CVAA focused on the secondary cities of Battambang, Kratie, Chhlong and Kampot. By considering climate change scenarios and potential risks and hazards, the study has determined that the first three cities are primarily susceptible to flood and riverbank erosion. Meanwhile, the coastal city of Kampot is at risk of sea level rise and storm surges.

The identification of these risks led to the formulation of corresponding adaptation measures, as well as a roadmap for capacity and institutional strengthening. While they have climate adaptation objectives, spin-offs to tourism, transport, and economic development have been integrated to make the options as inclusive, integrated and multi-purpose as possible.

Stakeholder consultations both at the local and national levels were undertaken throughout the study to ensure that the proposed measures are attuned to the needs, strategies and plans of each city.

“Everyone’s input is valued, that is why we have employed a high level of stakeholder engagement throughout this project,” said Brian Capati, CDIA’s Urban Development Specialist.

The results of the CVAA will be taken into consideration by the MPWT and AFD for the “Sustainable Cities Programme: Resilient Intermediate Cities in Cambodia.” A feasibility study (FS) is ongoing to develop its technical components, and CDIA’s study will provide information on the climate aspects and inform the identification, prioritization and design of the proposed investments.

This investment project aims to ensure city livability, promote social and economic inclusiveness, improve climate-proof infrastructure and strengthen tourism and economic activities.

“The findings of the CDIA study are valuable and give clear understanding for the next stage of the work. We will integrate the CDIA report to the ongoing FS,” said Antoine Mougenot, AFD Senior Task Team Leader/ Project Officer of the Resilient Intermediate Cities Project.

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