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Cambodian Climate Hero Profile: Ms. Samrith Mao

Ms. Mao has been a gender champion since 2017, when she was a participant in ActionAid Cambodia’s Enhancing Gender Equality in Disaster Risk Reduction training. Now, under a partnership between United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and ActionAid, Ms. Mao is supporting more women in improving their community’s disaster management capacity.

Cambodian Climate Hero Profile: Ms. Nuon Sothy

Ms. Sothy has been a gender champion since 2018, when she participated in gender equality and disaster risk reduction training conducted by ActionAid Cambodia. Now she is supporting the next generation of gender champions under a partnership between United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and ActionAid.

Cambodian Climate Hero Profile: Ms. Nov Samphon

Ms. Samphon was originally trained as a gender champion under an ActionAid Cambodia program aimed at enhancing gender equality in disaster risk reduction. Now, as a partnership between United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and ActionAid, Ms. Samphon is helping invest into the next iteration of gender champions.

Cambodian Climate Hero Profile: Ms. Pak Pov

Ms. Pov is a recipient of gender champion training provided by ActionAid Cambodia, who have now partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to extend the training to more provinces in Cambodia. As part of the training Ms. Pov learned about gender equality and disaster risk reduction – something she now passes onto others. “Only women can understand women’s issues. When emergencies happen or anything is wrong, women will report this to other women – not to their husbands or other men. It is important to have women in the leadership in the community”.

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.

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