Climate Change And Disaster Risk Reduction

Rural villages in Cambodia often have limited infrastructure and resources to adapt to frequent droughts and flooding. HelpAge supports local interventions that provide sustainable, low-cost and safe drinking water for older people and their households.

In 2015, HelpAge supports local interventions to help over 1,000 community members in Aek Phnum district, Battambang, which is one of the most vulnerable districts because of floods from nearby lake and river. During a flood, residents face health problems caused by unclean drinking water and economic problems from the loss of shelter, livestock and harvests. Flood blocks roads preventing fresh food and drinking water to be delivered.

In order to achieve an age-inclusive and disaster-resilient community, HelpAge has supported those villages in establishing a DRR/CCA sub-committee to enable OPAs members to develop a Community-Based Disaster Risk Management Plan (CBDRMP) and to carry out related-activities within this framework.

HelpAge has also provided climate change-resilient agriculture training to DRR/CCA sub-committee members in order to nurture ‘Master Trainers’. These Master Trainers will tasked with the job of disseminating information on climate change resilient agriculture techniques to other villagers. HAC is confident that those OPAs will maintain a strong community well equipped to cope with the impacts of climate change and natural disasters.

An important HelpAge’s aim is to reduce the impact of climate change and natural disasters on people. HelpAge focuses on 10 OPAs in Battambang province by building coordinated age-inclusive, disaster resilient communities to reduce underlying vulnerabilities to climate related hazards through implementing disaster risk reduction activities, with specific focus on improving disaster preparedness and response, and strengthening resilient livelihoods.

Establishment of Disaster Risk Reduction (DDR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) committees

Older People in the villages have the opportunity to be direct facilitators of many project activities focusing on DRR/CCA-interventions, micro-credit schemes, climate adaptive and resilient farming systems and an improved water infrastructure. Leadership and basic knowledge of DRR/CCA training are provided to the OPA management committee including the sub-committee members.

Emergency

There were 500 USD granted for each of the 10 targeted OPAs on December 2015 as an emergency fund which focuses on impact recovery activities for communities.

Since the establishment of DRR/CCA sub-committee, Helpage has provided 2 times of on-going coaching on roles and responsibilities, working solidarity and the knowledge of DRR and climate change adaptation.

Resilient Livelihoods

Three out of eight “master trainers” and 10 out of 150 older farmers were identified and selected among OPA members to receive a resilient agriculture training from DRR/CCA sub-committee members as well as the expert agriculture organization called CEDAC. Following the training, CEDAC project team and master trainers provided vegetable seeds and tools, ongoing coaching for beneficiaries to raise their xapababilities to implement activities as well as to help them in any technical issues on spots.