Cambodia Climate Change Alliance - Phase II

At a glance

Duration
2014-01-07 to 2019-01-06
Status
Active programmes
Country
Cambodia
Total budget
12,00 M€
GCCA priority area(s)
Countries

Growing national political sensitivity and strong Ministry of Environment (MoE) leadership have enabled the Climate Change Department (CCD) within the National Council for Sustainable Development (NCSD), supported by CCCA interventions, to achieve significant milestones in mainstreaming CC at national policy levels. This reflects high levels of national ownership and commitment that appear in sharp contrast with that of CCCA Phase 1 evaluations. The project invested significantly in building capacity in line agencies for prioritizing or mainstreaming CC activities and respective Climate Change Technical Teams (CCTTs) were instrumental in developing Climate Change Action Plans (CCAPs).

However, the limited extent to which agencies appear to maintain active CCTTs to inform strategic planning and budgeting and update CCAPs, suggests that further sensitization and capacity building to achieve CC mainstreaming within line agencies are needed. Of 14 agencies that developed CCAPs, only 3 have confirmed ongoing CCTT meetings, with limited record-keeping of discussions or decisions made. Further capacity-building for Cost-benefit Analysis to inform project-level planning and budgeting for mainstreaming climate proofing appears to offer opportunities that are as yet untested. A scaling up of capacity-building initiatives is recommended to ensure that sensitization reaches minimum threshold levels within all agencies and departments. Meanwhile, CCCA's present support for elaboration of the national CC monitoring & evaluation framework, MoFE budgeting guidelines for CC, and Council for the Development of Cambodia/Cambodian Rehabilitation and Development Board (CDC/CRDB) and NCSD/DCC tracking and mobilization of international climate finance is aimed to help to drive accountability for CC mainstreaming within agencies from above.

There is great scope for complementarities across the NCSD's climate change portfolio, and with a range of line agency climate change relevant projects funded by different funding partners. However, these are vastly under-realized due to the absence of a CC Technical Working Group (TWG) and limited sector-wide coordination or even information sharing among agencies and donors. At least one GoC agency commented on the administrative burden of collaborating with separate donors in related projects. Furthermore, the specific contracting modalities of various climate-relevant projects appear to limit the potential for developing synergies during implementation in particular. This suggests the need for further support to GoC agencies in strategically and actively guiding project identification and formulation processes with donors rather than accepting projects as proposed and simply engaging at implementation stage. Specific potential areas for synergies with several UNDP, EUD, and Swedish-funded projects were discussed.

GCCA's action programme
Geographical scope
Initial GCCA/GCCA+ contribution
6,000,000.00 €

Specific objective

Contribute to the implementation of the Cambodia Climate Change Strategic Plan (CCCSP).




Outputs

Output 1: A clear governance and accountability framework is functional for the climate change response at national and sub-national levels.
Output 2: Domestic and external finance effectively oriented in support of climate resilient, and low carbon development

Output 3: Strengthened human and technological capacities to support climate change response;




Activities

Under Output 1:

1.1. Consolidate the legal and institutional framework for the climate change response

1.2. Develop a national framework to track and monitor the performance of climate change investments, both in adaptation and mitigation

1.3. Support line ministries and sector stakeholders in finalising or complementing their respective Climate Change sector strategies and action plans

Under Output 2:

2.1. Establish partnership and donor coordination mechanisms on Climate Change

2.2. Embed climate change financial expertise at national level

2.3. Support to the accreditation process of a National Implementing Entity for the Adaptation Fund and the Green Climate Fund

2.4. Build an economic case for the climate change response and create momentum for increased domestic funding.

2.5. Support the capacity of key government ministries and agencies to undertake international and regional negotiations on climate change

2.6. Support improved tagging of climate change expenditure in the ODA database and sub-national budgets, and regular monitoring reports on climate expenditure.

Under Output 3:

3.1. Establishment of standards, for climate change education and awareness, and establishment of a quality assurance mechanism for climate change related information products

3.2. Grants provided to test innovative technologies and approaches

3.3 Strategic support to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and selected universities to help put in place sustainable structures to develop human capital in key areas of the climate change response

3.4. Finalisation and implementation of a Knowledge Management Information System, including procedures for climate data management, development of knowledge products and learning event