Description: 

A project for mainstreaming climate change adaptation into urban planning and enhancing climate resilience of urban regions.

Background:

Cambodia is considered one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change because of its heavy reliance on agriculture as a source of food and income for the population. More than 75 percent of Cambodians derive their livelihood from subsistence or rain-fed agriculture. However, as climate change affects regional weather patterns, seasonal flood and drought patterns are becoming more severe in nature, and the ability of communities to adapt to changing conditions is uncertain.

In 2006, the government of Cambodia established a National Climate Change Committee, which has been the basis of a number of effective policies for increasing the population’s climate resiliency. At the same time, there remains some concern that a limited capacity for mainstreaming climate change adaptation persists. To address this concern, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank Group have partnered with the Government of Cambodia to implement a multi-phase project that addresses pressing infrastructure issues while ensuring continued capacity and human resource development at the local level.

Objectives and Outputs:

This project is a part of a larger initiative called the the Sustainable Urban Development in the Tonle Sap Basin Project.  It was begun in 2012 with $10 million in PPCR funding and in partnership with the Government of Cambodia and ADB, and is anticipated to reach completion by late 2017. The primary purpose of the project is to mainstream climate change adaptation into urban infrastructure planning in Pursat and Kampong Chang provinces. Additionally, the project will improve the resilience of urban areas through various improvements to infrastructure, including riverbank fortification and enhancement of sanitation facilities.

Upon completion, the project will result in increased economic activities and environmental protection in towns around the Tonle Sap Basin. Pursat and Kampong Cham municipalities will benefit from improved urban services and enhanced climate change resilience, and approximately 100,000 residents will see improved accessibility and reliability of services. Because of improved infrastructure, there will be a reduction in seasonal flooding, as well as an increase in the number of households with potable water and sanitation services.

This project also emphasizes capacity building for staff members of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT), who will be responsible for oversight of project facilities after completion. A gender focus will be given to this aspect of the project, which mandates that at least 25 percent of those receiving training are female. Women will also be given enhanced opportunities to participate in the decision making process for infrastructure design.
 

A project for mainstreaming climate change adaptation into urban planning and enhancing climate resilience of urban regions.

Background:

Cambodia is considered one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change because of its heavy reliance on agriculture as a source of food and income for the population. More than 75 percent of Cambodians derive their livelihood from subsistence or rain-fed agriculture. However, as climate change affects regional weather patterns, seasonal flood and drought patterns are becoming more severe in nature, and the ability of communities to adapt to changing conditions is uncertain.

In 2006, the government of Cambodia established a National Climate Change Committee, which has been the basis of a number of effective policies for increasing the population’s climate resiliency. At the same time, there remains some concern that a limited capacity for mainstreaming climate change adaptation persists. To address this concern, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank Group have partnered with the Government of Cambodia to implement a multi-phase project that addresses pressing infrastructure issues while ensuring continued capacity and human resource development at the local level.

Objectives and Outputs:

This project is a part of a larger initiative called the the Sustainable Urban Development in the Tonle Sap Basin Project.  It was begun in 2012 with $10 million in PPCR funding and in partnership with the Government of Cambodia and ADB, and is anticipated to reach completion by late 2017. The primary purpose of the project is to mainstream climate change adaptation into urban infrastructure planning in Pursat and Kampong Chang provinces. Additionally, the project will improve the resilience of urban areas through various improvements to infrastructure, including riverbank fortification and enhancement of sanitation facilities.

Upon completion, the project will result in increased economic activities and environmental protection in towns around the Tonle Sap Basin. Pursat and Kampong Cham municipalities will benefit from improved urban services and enhanced climate change resilience, and approximately 100,000 residents will see improved accessibility and reliability of services. Because of improved infrastructure, there will be a reduction in seasonal flooding, as well as an increase in the number of households with potable water and sanitation services.

This project also emphasizes capacity building for staff members of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT), who will be responsible for oversight of project facilities after completion. A gender focus will be given to this aspect of the project, which mandates that at least 25 percent of those receiving training are female. Women will also be given enhanced opportunities to participate in the decision making process for infrastructure design.

This project summary is drawn from draft project proposals [such as the PAD, PID, SAR, and country investment plan] and may not contain the most up-to-date information.

Project Details
Cover Note | MDB Project Implementation Services (MPIS)Recommendation Report | Climate Resilient Measures | Proposed Decision
Approved October 22, 2014 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s):
USD 5.0 million (grant funding)
USD 5.0 million (concessional loan)
USD 187,500 (MPIS Second tranche)

Comments and Responses:
United States (October  22, 2014)