Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems to Support Climate-Resilient Development in Cambodia

Introduction

Cambodia is facing mounting development challenges due to climate change. Longer dry seasons and shorter, more intense rainy seasons are resulting in increased frequency and severity of disasters, including floods and droughts. Recovery from such events stretches limited public resources and forces shifts in development priorities. At the same time, climate change is also impacting agricultural production, affecting household level income and putting pressure on food security.

Supported with funding from the GEF Least Developed Countries Fund, this 4-year project (2015-2019) is supporting the Royal Government of Cambodia to bridge existing gaps in institutional capacity, inter-ministerial coordination, and infrastructure. It will enhance the inclusion of climate change considerations in short and long term planning, sectoral planning and other decision-making processes. Data generated through installed hardware, along with risk mapping and forecasted data will be made available to specifically benefit agriculture and water management sectors in their planning processes.

Agrometeorological Stations (AWS) and Automatic Hydrological Stations (AHS) will be installed in various locations in the Provinces of Preah Vihear, Kampong Thom, Kampong Speu, Kandal, Phnom Penh, Takeo, Kampot, Kep, Preah Sihanouk Ville and Koh Kong.

 

 

News

https://youtu.be/AWH7GJL1T2s

'Linking technology and community early warning: UNDP and People in Need to extend disaster early warning for Koh Kong and Sihanoukville communities', UNDP, September 25 2018. 

'Take care, unclear conditions ahead: New automatic weather stations advance climate information & early warning in the Kingdom of Cambodia' , UNDP, August 30 2018.

'Knowledge is everything when it comes to early warning', UNDP Cambodia, June 22 2018. Cambodia’s climate change preparedness boosted with new collaboration between the UN Development Programme, Government and SEVIR-Mekong.

'Five Ways to Build a Climate-ready Cambodia', UNDP Cambodia, April 3 2018. On World Meteorological Day, Muhibuddin Usamah, Project Manager, elaborates on climate change impacts and building resilience in Cambodia.

Key Results and Outputs

  1. Transfer of technologies for climate and environmental monitoring infrastructure through Improved hardware and software capacity to monitor extreme weather events (Output 1.1) and; Increased institutional capacity to maintain EWS related infrastructure (Outcome 1.2).
  2. Establish the capacity to synthesize/model the climate and environmental data by developing climate/weather forecast products (Outcome 2.1) and; training forecasters to use information from monitoring stations in modeling and data quality control (Output 2.2).
  3. Facilitate easy dissemination of information to different sectors of the economy by generating tailored climate and weather information (Outcome 3.1); establishing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for issuing and disseminating warnings through communication channels (Outcome 3.2) and; Conducting knowledge-sharing workshop through regional institutions involving other countries (Outcome 3.3)

 

Multimedia

Climate heroes of Cambodia: Mr Seng Sopha (360)

Meet Mr. Seng Sopha, a Hydro-Meteorological Officer of the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology at the Provincial Department in Kompong Cham province, Cambodia. He is a local climate hero after manually tracking climate trends for over 40 years in the country's oldest weather station.

A look inside Cambodia's meteorological operations room, Phnom Penh (360)

With support from UNDP and funding from the GEF-Least Developed Countries Fund, the project ‘Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems’ is supporting the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology (MoWRAM) to increase Cambodia’s institutional capacity, to assimilate and forecast weather, hydrological and climate information, and to improve communities’ access to reliable information and early warning sy

Advancing climate information and early warning in Cambodia with 24 new Automatic Weather Stations

One of the keys to an effective disaster early warning system is data. With the installation of 24 new Automatic Weather Stations across the country, Cambodia moves another step closer to an effective early warning system and boosts its capacity for climate-resilient development.

From provincial weather towers to TV and the web: climate data for early warning in Cambodia

With support from UNDP and funding from the GEF-Least Developed Countries Fund, the project ‘Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems’ is supporting the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology (MoWRAM) to increase Cambodia’s institutional capacity, to assimilate and forecast weather, hydrological and climate information, and to improve communities’ access to reliable information and early warning systems.

Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems in Cambodia

Financed by the Least Developed Countries Fund, the project ‘Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems in Cambodia’ is a multi-year initiative supporting the Royal Government of Cambodia to advance climate information and early warning systems.

Contacts

UNDP
Yusuke Taishi
Regional Technical Advisor, Climate Adaptation
UNDP
Muhibuddin Usamah
Project Manager