Caritas Cambodia organized a national project closing and dissemination workshop of Project Measure for Adaptation to Climate Change (CCA) on 5th December 2018 in Battambang province. The workshop was presided by the delegates from the Ministry of Environment and representative from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Caritas Germany, the main donor of the project.
 
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Closing and Dissemination Workshop on Project Measure for Adaption to  Climate Change (2013-2018)
Caritas Cambodia has implemented six-year project on Measures for Adaptation to Climate Change in seven provinces in the target areas of Caritas Cambodia ( from 1st January 2013-31st December 2018), with the aims to see the population of the poor, agrarian, rural communities is able to sustainably secure their livelihoods in the long term in light of the negative impacts of climate change through increase knowledge on climate change adaptation and mitigation capacity on their own and in cooperation with relevant stakeholders.

The project carries out  in 11 villages in 7 provinces in Cambodia; namely Kandal, Kampong Cham, Kampong Thom, Mondulkiri, Preah Vihear, Siem Reap and Battambang.

Caritas Cambodia Executive Director, Mr. Kim Rattana said the purpose of the workshop is twofold. Firstly, it aims to share the achievements, experiences, and lesson learnt during the implementation of the project

 
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Mr. Kim Rattana is delivering his welcoming speech
and disseminate key documents and learnings. Secondly, it is to discuss on ways and follow-up plan when project is phased out.  This includes discussion on the draft report and recommendations on future partnership and collaboration between participants from various sectors.
 
The closing workshop is divided into three sessions:
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  1. Sharing on overall results, achievements, challenges, lesson learnt during the implementation of the project ( 2013-2018)
  2. Sharing knowledge and experiences by farmers and partners; particularly on best practices on climate change adaptation, climate change mainstreaming, market linkage and social enterprise; and
  3. Discussing on potential adaptation measures and obstacles in carrying out the project and looking for future collaboration and partnership between key stakeholders.
At the workshop, Mr. Chhay Meng, CCA project manager summarized key learnings and achievements by strategic components on 1/ climate change and disaster knowledge, 2/ livelihood capacity, 3/ water accessibility, 4/ clean energy; and 5/ green school model. More on achievements, impact and key learning on CCA project.

“Although today is the official closing workshop for the project but our activities will not be ended and the community commitment and spirit remains.

 
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Sharing on key achievements and learning of CCA project from 2013-2018
The achievements, approaches and framework in the project will be vital applications for future project”, stressed Mr. Chhay Meng. He encouraged all stakeholders; especially farmer groups and village development associations to continue utilizing and sharing adaptive techniques to cope with the existing and potential effects of disasters and climate change. The success of the project is the result of high commitment of all stakeholders. During his opening remark, H.E. Rath Virak, the Under Secretary of the Ministry of Environment congratulated the achievement and success of the project. As Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia and the most vulnerable to the increasing threat of climate change, this project has been playing a vital role to contribute to Cambodia Climate Change Strategic Plan (2014-2023). The Ministry of Environment confirmed its commitment to strengthen collaboration with Caritas Cambodia and all partners to cope with the negative impacts of climate change and to preserve natural environment.
 
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Plenary session and group work on sharing knowledge, experiences and recommendations
Mrs. Christine Wegner-Schneider, a project desk officer for Cambodia and on behalf of Caritas Germany attended the event. She recognized the commitments and congratulated the achievements. She said “It was not only for the benefit of your own families and communities, but the project is benefiting to other rural communities in Cambodia that can learn from your experience.  Even globally we are all more and more affected by the negative impacts of climate change, and we must share responsibility for preserving Mother Earth for the generations to come,  
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H.E. Rath Virak, the Under Secretary of the Ministry of Environment is delivering his opening speech
regardless of where we live. So we must think globally and act locally! And we must learn from each other and support each other in order make good progress”. On behalf of the poor farmers and village development associations in the 7 target provinces, Mr. Kim Rattana conveyed special thanks to BMZ and Caritas Germany for their wonderful support and together with the government, Ministries, and in-line departments, partner organizations, farmers, schools management and project staff that have contributed to the success of the project over the past 6 years.   cca07
Mrs. Christine Wegner-Schneider, Caritas Germany, is delivering her remark during the closing workshop
There are approximately 90 attendees and was actively participated by representatives from various Ministries, departments, donor, partners, civil society organizations, farmers, village development associations, school director, private sector and project staff.   cca08
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