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Cambodian Climate Hero Profile: Ms. Tep Phollarath

Ms. Tep Phollarath is Cambodia’s longest standing meteorologist. With over 30 years’ experience, she has created the way for data management, information sharing and new generations of meteorologists. Raised in Phnom Penh, Ms. Phollarath began her career in meteorology as part of a family tradition. “I started with the Department of Meteorology in 1985 after I watched my father. He was the Deputy Director of the department.” Shortly after commencing, Ms. Phollarath moved to Russia for five years to hone her expertise before returning to Phnom Penh where she has worked ever since. Ms.

Cambodian Climate Hero Profile: Mr. Lim Hak

Mr. Lim Hak is a member of Cambodia’s Department of Meteorology Systems Support team. Playing a crucial yet often unseen role in managing and maintaining the department’s various systems, Mr. Hak’s job is helping everyday Cambodians to access climate information in a timely way. Mr. Hak, who is originally from Banteay Meanchey province and now lives in Phnom Penh, has been part of the Systems Support team  for 7 years. “My job is to check our systems are working, including the automatic weather stations which I help to maintain and service.

Cambodian Climate Hero Profile: Mr. Ly Hon

Mr. Ly Hon, part of Cambodia’s Department of Meteorology Systems Support team, is responsible for operation and maintenance of the departments various systems. His role supports forecasters to access the right information to provide the country’s weather updates. The Systems Support team at the department play a vital, but often unrecognised role, in providing the country’s weather forecasts. In the field, they often clear grass and fix stations by hand under Cambodia’s scorching sun. Back in the office, they are just as essential. As Mr.

Cambodian Climate Hero Profile: Ms. Navin & Ms. Nary

Ms. Chea Navin and Ms. Lay Nary, researchers from the Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh, are pursuing a future in which climate information is accessible to those within Cambodia and further abroad. Both women feel a strong responsibility for building awareness of climate challenges in their country. “It is really important to address climate change now - if we don’t build the capacity of the young generation, they cannot effectively deliver the information to farmers. If we don’t take action, the farmers will lose hope and agricultural production will decrease.

'Canal Project Helping Communities Balance Economic Growth and Sustainable Agricultural Development'

Article by Cassandra Jeffery and Samnang Yang, UNDP in Cambodia, on how the UNDP-supported project, 'Reducing the Vulnerability of Cambodian Rural Livelihoods through Enhanced sub-national Climate Change Planning and Execution of Priority Actions' (also known as 'Strengthening Resilient Livelihoods, or SRL) is reducing agricultural communities' reliance on seasonal weather patterns by ensuring sustainable and reliable access to water.

 

 

'Climate Change, Cambodia and Canals - How Communities in Kampong Thom are Persevering in the Face of Drought and Flooding'

Article by Cassandra Jeffery and Samnang Yang, UNDP in Cambodia, on how communities in Kampong Thom are persevering in the face of drought and flooding, and the action being taken under the UNDP-supported project, 'Reducing the Vulnerability of Cambodian Rural Livelihoods through Enhanced sub-national Climate Change Planning and Execution of Priority Actions' (also known as 'Strengthening Resilient Livelihoods, or SRL), including building and rehabilitating irrigation systems.

Cambodian Climate Hero Profile: Mr. Sem Bunly

Mr. Sem Bunly, chief of Stengslakou Agricultural Cooperative in Dokpor, Takeo is passionate about learning to adapt to climate change impacts and support his community and family. In March 2019, Mr. Sem participated in training on drought resistant agricultural techniques, provided under a partnership between United Nations Development Programme and DanChurchAid. Mr. Sem actively engages with local authorities and other key stakeholders to ensure that everyone is informed of best practice techniques and climate information, and to achieve the best outcome for his community.

Cambodian Climate Hero Profile: Mr. Say Rith

Father-of-three Mr. Say Rith is excited about the future of agriculture in his home village of Dokpor, Takeo province. His enthusiasm stems from participation in training provided under a partnership between the United Nations Development Programme and DanChurchAid. As a result of the training, conducted in March 2019, Mr. Say has been one of the first Cambodians to implement drought resistant agricultural techniques into his farming practices across his four farm plots. Mr. Say’s contribution to continual growth in his community’s agriculture industry is clear: “I would like to learn more about contract farming so that prices can become stable and bring income to our communities.”

Cambodian Climate Hero Profile: Ms. Peou Phalla

Ms. Phalla joined Cambodia's Department of Meteorology in 2002. She quickly pursued self-learning in the field, which was actively supported by the department in 2010. “Meteorology is very important in people’s lives ... We need to know about disasters, especially climate change. For me, on behalf of Cambodia, we need to try and do something to help the people by giving them climate information”. In recognition of her pursuit of learning, Ms. Phalla was recognised at the Korea Meteorological Administration’s International Training on Weather Forecasting for Operational Meteorologists in 2015 – an honour that has never before been bestowed upon a Cambodian. Her technical advancement is crucial for Cambodia as a place with limited expertise in the area of meteorology, despite increasing recognition of the interaction between climate change and Cambodia’s everyday functioning. 

Infographic summarising results of the project 'Addressing the Risks of Climate Induced Disasters in Bhutan through Enhanced National and Local Capacity for Effective Actions' (NAPA-II)

Infographic summarising results of the project 'Addressing the Risks of Climate Induced Disasters in Bhutan through Enhanced National and Local Capacity for Effective Actions' (NAPA-II), 2014-2018

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