Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - GEF aids fishing communities in adapting to climate change

GEF aids fishing communities in adapting to climate change

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The Global Environmental Facility is set to fund the $4.35 million CamAdapt project with the aim of helping coastal fishing communities and ecosystems adapt to climate change. Heng Chivoan

GEF aids fishing communities in adapting to climate change

A five-year project known as CamAdapt, which aims to help coastal fishing communities and ecosystems in four coastal provinces – Kampot, Kep, Koh Kong and Preah Sihanouk – adapt to climate change, is expected to start early next year.

The project is being funded to the tune of $4.35 million by the Least Developed Country Fund of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Cambodia told The Post on Monday.

Climate Adaptation and Resilience in Cambodia’s Coastal Fishery Dependent Communities (CamAdapt) will be implemented by the FAO in Cambodia and the Ministry of Environment’s Fisheries Administration (FiA).

The project will involve carrying out vulnerability assessments for men and women in fishing communities in coastal areas and developing strategies to help them adapt to climate change.

CamAdapt will offer livelihood diversification options and early warning systems, provide safety at sea for fishermen and women and develop a management plan for fisheries and other coastal resources.

It will also help integrate adaptation considerations into relevant policies and programmes and strengthen partnerships among stakeholders at national, provincial and local levels.

More than 130 officials and experts participated in four provincial workshops from May 7-10 to validate the CamAdapt project.

Participants included officials from several ministries – Environment, notably the Department of Marine and Coastal Zone Conservation; Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction; Water Resources and Meteorology; and Women’s Affairs – and from fishing communities, NGOs and the FAO in Cambodia.

The provincial validation workshops were successful in mobilising support for the project, with national and sub-national levels and relevant stakeholders working together to come up with context-specific adaptation options for coastal communities, and capacity development plans for their supporting institutions.

“There were great enthusiasm, involvement and commitment, showing readiness for taking the necessary steps to enable coastal fishery communities to adapt to climate change,” FAO in Cambodia said on its website.

Last Friday, officials and experts from the FAO in Cambodia, the FiA and the Ministry of Environment met for a national workshop in Phnom Penh to reach a final agreement before submitting a project document to the GEF.

The Post was unable to reach FiA director-general Eng Cheasan for further details on Tuesday.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”

  • Cambodia purchases 4 million Molnupiravir tablets

    Cambodia has arranged for the purchase of four million US-made Molnupiravir pills – enough to treat 100,000 Covid-19 patients – even though the current rate of daily infections in Cambodia remains low. The medicine will be distributed to state hospitals, pharmacies and private clinics, according to the Samdech

  • Rise in planned flights lifts travel hopes

    Six airlines have applied to resume flights in December, while two others have put in for additional flights and routes, according to State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) head Mao Havannall on November 29. These account for 43 new weekly domestic and international flights in December, up 16

  • Is Cambodia’s travel sector in for another cheerless holiday season?

    The travel and tourism sector was heaving back to life as borders started to reopen, promising a festive vibe for the holidays and New Year. But Omicron and other Covid-related issues are threatening to close the year on a bleak note ‘Seems [like] Covid-19 won’

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • Cambodia planning new border checkpoint at Thma Da

    Cambodia is looking into the possibility of opening a new Thma Da Border Checkpoint with Thailand to boost trade and tourism. The Ministry of Public Works and Transport said on December 4 that Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol led a technical working group