The Inception Workshop of the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA)

By: Vorn Makara

Climate change is the main problem that the world is paying hot attention to put measures and find any solutions in order to reduce and obstruct the bad influences. It is clear that poor and developing counties are affected much more than the developed countries. Cambodia is also one among those, which is strongly affected.

“Cambodia has been making its effort to meet its commitment under the convention as well as taking numerous actions to respond to climate change both within the country and at the global arena,” said Mok Mareth, Senior Minister, Minister of Environment, and Chairman of the National Climate Change Committee during the speech in the workshop.

After 6 months of launching the new program called Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA), on 18th August 2010 at Cambodiana Hotel, The Inception Workshop of CCCA was celebrated to show about the achievements and new project which is planned already.

Mok Mareth said, “In the inception period we have made a marked achievement such as institutional and programed team establishment, plant development and approval, and budgeting for programed implementation, meeting of the board, sending staff to participate in UNFCCC COP meeting,” adding that recently CCCA has adopted coastal adaptation project proposal, the first access CCCA’s funding aimed to addressing coastal vulnerability through a demonstration with the participation of line provincial agencies.

CCCA is funded by four developing partner such as European Union (EU), UNDP, Sida and Danida for aiding of USD8.9 million for the 3 years period from 2010-2012. With the new coastal project, it is planned to spend USD2.2 million to develop in Kos Kong and Sihanouk Ville provinces.

The CCCA will strengthen the key institutions including the National Climate Change Committee (NCCC), the Climate Change Department (CCD) and Key climate change functional units within sectors at national and sub-national levels. It will also strengthen the emerging community of practice among government, private sector and civil society. It will promote awareness of climate change challenges and opportunities, improve access to accurate and timely data, disseminate knowledge, and promote research and learning on climate change through a national knowledge and learning platform, said Rafael Dochao Moreno, EU Delegation to Cambodia, on behalf of CCCA Donors, during the speech.

He claimed that, the aim is to support the integration of climate change considerations into policy and planning processes to build a national adaptation system.

Also Mok Mareth said, CCCA is another new innovative that strengthens the capacity of (NCCC) and CCD) of the Ministry of Environment in coordinating the development of the national policy and national climate change strategies plan, education and awareness raising, and administration of climate change fund in the country.

“We can’t hope to achieve the kinds of transformations at the societal level that will be necessary to respond to climate change if we act alone or in isolation from other initiative. We can’t work individually, we work all together,” said Rafael Dochao Moreno,

“But more specifically on CCCA, there are 4 roles for UNDP, is to report the government mobilizing expertise and to develop national climate change strategies in the next plan, to save knowledge…, to monitor the capacity development, to report the CCD for financial management, financial reporting,… to take over the management of this fund,” said Sophie Baraness, Deputy Country Director, United Nation Development Program at press conference.

Rafael Dochao Moreno said during the speech, the donors are therefore working to support the government’s efforts to promote harmonization and synergies among different climate change initiatives through the promotion of a National Program for climate change. A programmatic approach can reduce transactions costs; strengthen national ownership and readership; and enhance efficiency and effectiveness; in order to promote greater impacts. This requires harmonization of programming and implementation arrangements, technical assistance, and resource allocation.

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