Evaluation report: 'Civic Engagement for Climate Change Adaptation Project' preliminary findings, 9th November 2012
Cambodia has long experienced a high level of growth during the Kingdom of Cambodia I (1950s-1960s) and the Kingdom of Cambodia II (since the first National Election in 1993). However, a series of internal and external shocks, such as the global economic crisis, rising food and fuel prices, the threats of climate change, the high prevalence of human rights violations and the imbalance between the legislative, judicial and executive body had significant indirect and potentially long-term effects and suggest that it is unlikely that the country will achieve all Cambodian Millennium Development Goals (CMDG's), especially 'Goal 1 - Eradication of poverty and hunger' and 'Goal 7 - Environmental sustainability'.
Cambodia has a shortage of natural resources due to problems such as deforestation, natural disasters (drought & flood), unfertile land, land degradation, land grabbing, uncontrolled mineral and gas exploitation, water pollution, climatic conditions which represent potential comparative advantages for agriculture. 81% of the population are living in the rural areas, and over 60% of the population directly or indirectly depends on income generated in agriculture, forestry and fishery. This report provides findings; recommendations and conclusions on the evaluation of the project, 'Civic Engagement for Climate Change Adaptation'. To read the full report, Dowload here
The projects on 'Civic Engagement in Promoting Climate Change Adaptation' and 'Better Democracy for the Community' succeeded in building awareness of the concepts of climate change and human rights as well as gender equality, both among the community people and the local authorities through mentoring, coaching, training, meetings and public forums. Moreover, the PDP-Center made significant contributions to strengthen local good governance by encouraging right-holders and duty-bearers to work together in addressing the problems in the community. The project also ensured good cooperation between stakeholders to organize activities and deal with the problems in the target areas, as well as increased meaningful participation of community people in the decision-making process. People and local authorities could discuss these issues without fear involved; they could raise their concerns and find solutions together. To read more about this success story, Dowload here.