Q&A with Youths on Climate Change

"The roles of youth in combating climate change include: taking part in reforestation, raise awareness on forest management to the community and taking part in the community service," said Sreytouch Kim, member of youth group from Reaksa village, Roka commune, Preah Vihear province during the Q&A session.

The Q&A was organized on May 8th following the film on "The Impact of Climate Change and the Adaptation in Cambodia," an 11 minutes documentary film produced by the project Promoting Climate Resilient Water Management and Agricultural Practices in Rural Cambodia (NAPA Follow-Up.)

The project is implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and its line departments in both target provinces, Preah Vihear and Kratie.

The event this year is under the theme 'Don't Stop Now'--don't stop ending child malnutrition now--organized by World Vision in Preah Vihear province. There was 1800 youths from high schools and from the commnity in six districts of the province.

Agriculture growth is the most effective way to fight malnutrition, thus World Vision requested the Provincial Department of Agriculture (PDA) to do a 40-minute presentation on any topic that suits with the theme in the event.

PDA took this opportunity to showcase the film to showcase the film to engage youths in the discussion on the impact of climate change and their role in reducing the impact and responding to the issue.

"PDA is handling many projects but we select the issue on climate change to discuss because it has been a hot topic in agriculture in particular Preah Vihear province where there is natural disaster and drought," said Mr. Tryda Poeung, Deputy Director of PDA, Preah Vihear province.

"Youth are living around the impact of climate change and they play a key role as a young generation to prepare themselves to reducee the impact," he added.

Climate change is a real threat to child and youth's well-being. It affects their ability to attend school. For example, when there is a disaster such as flood, heavy rain and storm, schools are forced to close or to relocate and the quality of school environment drops.

In extreme condition, climate change causes drought and low water supply. This resulted in less agricultural production which leads to food insecurity and it also contributes to the exapansion of diseases.

The NAPA Follow-Up with financial support from UNDP, Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the government of Canada has been working on the ground for almost six years helping the community to improve their livelihood through the ability of water infrastructure like solar pump, pump well and irrigation, and the adaptation agriculture technique resilience to climate change. This includes crop diversification, animal husbandry and soft skills on the techniques and group management.

The beneficiaries of the water infrastructure were formed into a self-help group too ensure the community readiness and self-reliance when the project phases out.

Based on the observation and the interview with the beneficiaries, their average income is US$160 for one production cycle (3 months) after the project intervention. This is 100% increase comparing to the period prior the project support.