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As a flood forecaster, Mr. Tong Seng plays an integral role in early warning systems. Seeing the general population of Cambodia begin to understand the importance of meteorology and hydrology is a highlight of his career. “The information we provide is for everyone, even the people in the city...More people have been reached now – we distribute information on Facebook, a lot more people have phones so now they can receive information that way too. This makes me very happy... People can use the information to manage their property and their lives, so that they are protected from disasters. It is preventative approach, because disasters always happen.”
The Deputy Director of the Department of Hydrology and River Works, Mr. Hun Sothy, describes the hydrology field as ‘a doctor of water’ saying, “We only think of doctors as people who take care of patients in a hospital. But hydrology can also be healed and treated.” With 39 river basins, Cambodia is a country extremely rich in water resources. Therefore, good management of these resources is crucial to people’s livelihoods and hydrology is an integral part of the country’s development.
Most farmers know that there are two seasons in Cambodia - dry and rainy seasons - but more information is needed to help them plan for the planting and harvesting of their crops. “We have found that the understanding of weather forecasting information and knowledge of climate change plays a vital role in agricultural-based activities”, Mr. Samoeun says.
From Kampong Speu, Mr. Mut has been a part of DanChurchAid’s Drought Resistant Agricultural Techniques (DRAT) training, conducted in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Mr. Mut has also played a key role in establishing Drought InfoHubs, also developed under the partnership. “The Infohubs are important because, at the provincial level, they share information about the temperature and drought to farmers. If farmers know drought information, they can adapt vegetable-growing and chicken-raising practices.”
Mr. Trim and Ms. Ry have been members of Meanchey Ampil Pramdoeum Agricultural Cooperative in their home district of Borvel, Battambang for two and three years respectively. Both Mr. Trim and Ms. Ry participated in a recent Drought Resistant Agricultural Techniques ‘Training-of-Trainers’, conducted in Battambang as a partnership between United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and DanChurchAid. Following the training, Mr. Trim and Ms. Ry were enthusiastic to go home and pass on their new knowledge from the three-day session. Ms.
Mr. Yim is a trainer in DanChurchAid’s Drought Resistant Agricultural Techniques (DRAT) training, conducted in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Originally from a farming background in Kandal and now based in Phnom Penh, Mr. Yim has worked around the region and specialises in vegetable growing and use of rice husk charcoal kilns.
A member of the Department of Meteorology’s Systems Support team, Lohn Nrak recognises the importance information can play for everyday Cambodians, such as farmers, who need to plan their daily activities around the weather and climate. Lohn Nrak recently took part in short-term forecast models training provided under a partnership between United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES).
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.
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.
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.