Cambodia Climate Change Alliance - Phase II

At a glance

2014-01-07 to 2019-01-06
Active programmes
Total budget
6,00 M€
GCCA priority area(s)

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).


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;


Under Output 1:

1.1. National monitoring and evaluation framework is approved and functional including gender disaggregated and poverty indicators;
1.2. Number of ministries with institutional arrangement to manage their Climate Change Action Plans and contribute to Climate Change Technical Teams activities;

1.3. Number of ministries that demonstrate capacity to implement at least 50% of actions in their Climate Change Action Plans and report on progress in line with national standards (incl. gender analysis);
1.4. Strengthen legal mandates for Climate Change Technical Teams, and the National Climate Change Committee Secretariat.

Under Output 2:

2.1. Status of government – partners coordination mechanism;
2.2. Status of Cambodia's direct access to Multilateral climate funds;
2.3. Number of ministries benefiting from National Climate Change Committee Secretariat support on financing sourcing and modalities;

2.4. Status of public-private dialogue on climate change investments;
2.5. Number of ministry planning and budgeting documents explicitly integrating CC.

Under Output 3:

3.1. Status of procedures for management and exchange of climate change related information;
3.2. Status of integration of climate change in schools and universities' curriculum;
3.3. Mechanism is in place to identify and test relevant technologies for Climate Change Action Plans implementation;

3.4. Availability and functionality of standards and quality assurance procedures for climate change publication and data.