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UNDP Cambodia and DanChurchAid extend drought preparedness efforts to Kampong Chhnang, Pursat and Battambang

Source(s):  United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters (UNDP)

Phnom Penh — Having successfully set up drought info hubs in Kampot and Takeo earlier this year, UNDP Cambodia has expanded a partnership with DanChurchAid to set up drought info hubs, roll out training and install rain gauges and soil moisture sensors in Kampong Chhnang, Pursat and Battambang provinces. In addition to establishing the hubs, some officials and communites will take part in drought-resistant agricultural techniques and an exchange visit with existing farmers from Kampong Speu or Kampot province. 

Last year, drought struck Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Kampong Cham and Battambang were among Cambodia worst drought-affected provinces.

Between 2015 and 2016, El Nino brought severe and long-lasting drought throughout Southeast Asia, with Cambodia being particularly hard-hit. Streams, ponds and shallow wells throughout the country dried up, leading to water shortages for agriculture and human consumption. The drought underlined the need for better monitoring of Cambodia’s weather, particularly for forecasting and analysis for early warning systems.

Approximately 4,500 farmers and 60 provincial officials are expected to directly benefit from the extended partnership agreement.

About the ‘Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems in Cambodia’ project

With financing from the GEF-Least Developed Countries Fund, the UNDP-supported project Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems in Cambodia’ aims to increase Cambodia’s institutional capacity to assimilate and forecast weather, hydrological, and climate information for adaptation, disaster preparedness, and early warning. The project has recently completed the installation of 24 automatic weather stations and 24 automatic hydrological stations nation-wide.

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  • Publication date 14 Aug 2019

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