Ecosystem based adaptation to climate change workshop provides opportunity to educate stakeholders and raise awareness
WWF worked with the Forestry Administration to develop a project proposal called Ecosystem Based-Adaptation to Climate Change Project. The principle objective of this project is to reduce the vulnerability of communities along the Mekong River to the adverse impacts of climate change by protecting and restoring community forests. The Cambodian Climate Change Alliance (CCCA) agreed to fund the project for a total of $150,000 over 15 months.
With the financial support of the CCCA, WWF and FAC-Kratie organized a Provincial Workshop on March 14th, 2014 in Kratie to discuss the progress of the Ecosystem Based-Adaptation to Climate Change Project. The workshop included representatives of NGOs from CRDT, ABE, FLO, Winrock, RECOFTC, CCD, CED, and Oxfam, and six community forestry members. In total, approximately 50 participants attended. The three primary objectives of the workshop included: 1) disseminating the results of the project; 2) raising awareness regarding climate change; and 3) sharing concepts about climate change and ecosystem-based adaptation.
During the workshop, the NGO members and community participants discussed their experiences with implementing practical climate change adaptation measures. Specifically, the group tried to focus on the challenges of implementing adaptation measures.
Overall, the workshop stimulated important discussion on climate change adaptation and provided a baseline to reach out to NGO partners and communities along the Mekong River.