National Level Activities

Through this flexible project feature SEAN-CC supports a number of country-led initiatives as a response to direct requests from member countries. It demonstrates the efficacy of an approach that can be applied in other network countries, hasten group learning and speed the development and diffusion of good policies, practices and approaches.

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Largely driven by strong progress in textile industry and services in terms of contribution to GDP, Cambodia is coming close of graduating from low-income to middle-income status. Agriculture, while lagging in recent years, remains an important source of employment of Cambodia’s rural population (this constitutes about 80% of total population).

Cambodia has two prominent geographical features, the Mekong River and Tonle Sap Lake, both of which are a source of threats and opportunities concerning climate change. This therefore highlights the importance of addressing climate change issues both at the community and national levels by incorporating climate strategies that recognise Cambodia’s geographic characteristics and natural resource endowments, demographics and economic landscape, so as not to risk reversing growth in the medium– to long–term.

Where SEAN-CC works

The SEAN-CC national level work stream in Cambodia started in September 2013 following the signing of a small scale funding agreement (SSFA) between the Government of Cambodia and UNEP. All activities are designed by the country government themselves, which are at the helm of the Climate Change Department (CCD) of the Ministry of Environment. Compared to other member countries in which national activities are thematically less variable, Cambodia implemented a diversified output bundle ranging from raising climate change awareness, to mainstreaming climate adaptation in local planning and budget processes, to developing NAMAs institutional and capacity building study, and to strengthening negotiation capacity. All activities are completed in April 2015– two months ahead of schedule.

Specific objectives for Cambodia are:

  • 1: Promote better climate change information dissemination to the public
  • 2: Promote community level response to climate change
  • 3: Enhance institutional coordination and technical understanding of negotiation topics for the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19)
  • 4: Promote more female participation in the national delegation for COPs under the UNFCCC
  • 5: Create constructive policy dialogues to inform the national formulation of climate policy and strategies
  • 6: Build technical and institutional capacity for NAMA formulation and implementation in Cambodia

It should be noted that SEAN-CC initiated some ad hoc support as early as 2012. Clearly recognising the need for women to be represented in the UNFCCC meetings, SEAN-CC provided support to one additional female member of Cambodia’s national delegation for participation at the COP18 in November 2012.

Materials are available in the ‘National level materials for Cambodia and Lao’ folder

Results

Activity 1: Awareness raising and outreach

  • • Development of an easy-to-understand tool kit for mainstreaming climate change for sub-national administration and local authorities. This is a guidance tool for mainstreaming climate change adaptation measures into local planning and budgeting processes, as a response on climate change issues occurring at community level [download Mainstreaming Climate Change Guideline]
  • • Two national staff from Climate Change Department participated in website management training, with the goal of improving the government online portal provision of climate change information to the public. Since improvement in 2013, the website now receives an average daily visitors of 49, among them are 67% new visitors searching for various climate change documents

Activity 2: Capacity building trainings at sub-national levels

  • • One important contribution of the project in Cambodia is the mainstreaming of climate change in the local planning and budget process of communes or ‘Sangkats’ using the toolkit developed in Activity 1. These trainings are held in two priority provinces around the Tonle Sap Lake, namely Kampot and Battombong provinces. The workshops aimed to build capacity of local and provincial authorities. A total of 131 participants from sub-national level benefitted from these capacity building trainings, of which 21 are females

Activity 3: Strengthen institutional coordination in relation to climate change

The Climate Change Department organised two national events in preparation for, and debriefing of, the COP19. Both events were jointly supported by SEAN-CC and the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA):

  • • First event was the Third National Forum on Climate Change, which was held from 5-7 May 2013 in Phnom Penh. With the theme ‘Taking Action for Sustainable Development in the Changing Climate’, this forum gathered 400 participants including national and provincial government officials, development practitioners, NGOs, civil society organisations, private sector, media and students. The forum served as a platform for launching Cambodia’s Climate Change Strategic Plan 2014-2023, as well as for formulating Cambodia’s national positions for COP19
  • • Second event was a debriefing workshop held in December 2013 to discuss outcomes and important decisions of COP19 to bigger audience. This workshop saw active participation and media interest

Activity 4: Facilitation of national mitigation efforts

  • • Cambodia recognises the potential of NAMAs in terms of transfers of technologies and financing for cleaner, greener and socially acceptable development, while at the same time contributing to global efforts of curbing climate change. SEAN-CC supported a NAMA study to identify capacity building needs for government staff so that Cambodia can formulate, develop and implement NAMA activities successfully. This study serves as basis for the establishment of a broader NAMA institutional framework for Cambodia [download NAMA report]

Activity 5: Gender mainstreaming in national climate negotiation

As one way of increasing women’s participation and representation in international climate change discussions, SEAN-CC supported two female delegates to participate at the COP19 in November 2013 and in the 40th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for implementation and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice, as well as for the June session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action in June 2014:

  • • Ms. Baroda Neth, Vice Chief of Office of Education and Outreach from the Ministry of Environment joined the national at the COP19 in November 2013, in which she was assigned to participate in discussions related to capacity building and awareness raising of the Kyoto Protocol and Article 6 of the UNFCCC Convention. Upon her return to the Office, Ms. Baroda Neth shared her learning experience including information on COP19 outcomes and decisions with relevant stakeholders, as well as contributed substantive inputs to a high-level report on COP19 outcomes for the Prime Minister
  • • Ms. Tin Sopors, Chief of Office of Climate change Education and Outreach, participated in the 40th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for implementation and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice, as well as the June session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action in June 2014

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Home to more than 6.7 million people and covering 23.68 million hectares, Lao PDR enjoys a relatively favorable demographics and natural resources (forestry, land and water potentials, minerals, etc.). Annual GDP has historically recorded above 7% growth rate for the ninth consecutive year since 2006. The resulting economic gains have led to an increase in nominal per capita incomes and better welfare and consequently to reduced national poverty rates.

Much of this steady growth is driven by Lao PDR’s increasing integration into the regional and global economy and continued expansion in services, mining and hydropower sectors. If this growth pattern is to be sustained, it is crucial to develop these resource sectors on the back of a long term strategy that hinge strongly on sustainable and inclusive growth framework.

Where SEAN-CC works

The SEAN-CC national level work stream in Lao PDR started in early 2013 following the signing of a small scale funding agreement (SSFA) between the Government of Lao PDR and UNEP. National level activities are designed by the country government themselves, which are at the helm of the Department of Disaster Management and Climate Change (DDMCC) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

Lao PDR implemented the national level project in two phases, both of which focused on engaging sub-national governments (i.e. provincial, district, local, village) and communities in climate change awareness and solution building. Activities include developing communication tools (e.g. posters, brochures, booklets, and a 20-minute video) through a consultative process (i.e. consultation meetings with relevant sectors, consultation workshops with the Technical Working Group Committee on Climate Change or TWGCC, and field surveys in selected provinces); this approach was to ensure that contents clearly address the existing knowledge gaps at the sub-national levels, and that materials are well suited to the needs of the government staff, teachers, students, local farmers, and other target groups working in the climate change and development fields. As part of this project, seven awareness raising workshops were also conducted at the district and provincial levels in selected provinces. All activities were successfully completed in April 2015.

Specific objectives for this project are:

  • 1: Increase low levels of public awareness at the subnational levels by developing basic climate change materials in Laotian language
  • 2: Enhance local policy and community practice responses to climate change
  • 3: Build capacity of sub-national government staff, teachers and students, and local communities
  • 4: Initiate efforts to mainstream climate change in local development
  • 5: Promote sharing of experiences and mutual cooperation between critical sectors such as agriculture and water resources
  • 6: Enhance peoples’ understanding and appreciation of the importance of environmental conservation

Results

Activity 1: Awareness raising and outreach using a consultative approach

  • Communication materials such as posters [download copy of poster A] [download copy of poster B], brochures [download copy of brochure], booklets [download copy of booklet], and a 20-minute video [download copy of video] were developed through the collective participation of relevant key stakeholders. A total of more than 10,000 copies of communication materials were printed and distributed over the course of the project: 2,000 posters, 2,000 brochures, 6,000 booklets, 500 CDs of video and 300 presentation papers.
  • Although field surveys, consultation meetings and workshops were primarily a part of data collection and content material development, some ancillary benefits are still to be had. For instance sector meetings with agriculture and water resources provided a platform for sectors to share their experiences on ways of coping with climate change and to agree on mutual cooperation in the future. Field trips, meanwhile provided an opportunity for the DDMCC staff to review four adaptation pilot projects implemented such as Improving Resilience of the Agriculture Sector to Climate Change Impacts (under UNDP), Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Farming Communities (under the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Government of Australia), Climate Change Adaptation Initiative (under the Mekong River Commission for Sustainable Development) and Capacity Enhancement for Coping with Climate Change (under ADB). On another note, through field surveys, the local staff and communities had the opportunity to contribute to the video creation and impart their first-hand experiences, practices, and other coping mechanisms to disasters.

Activity 2: Capacity building workshops at sub-national levels

  • Two provincial-level workshops were held subsequently in Oudomxay province from 28-29 November 2013 and in Bolikhamxay province from 23-24 December 2013. These provincial workshops were conducted to not only raise awareness of disaster management and climate change, but also to promote mainstreaming of climate change adaptation into sub-national social economic development plans and to initiate data collection and vulnerability assessment mapping. A total of 204 participants from sub-national government levels and DDMCC benefited from these two workshops (of this total, 36% are female participants).
  • A series of five district-level workshops were held in Xayaburi and Savannakhet provinces in March 2015. A total of 619 beneficiaries including government staff, students, teachers, and farmers (110 were from subnational governments and 509 from 4 villages and 3 schools); about 49% are female participants. Whilst, about 3500 people from the same target groups indirectly benefited from these communication materials.

Activity 3: Strengthen institutional coordination in relation to climate change

The Climate Change Department organised two national events in preparation for, and debriefing of, the COP19. Both events were jointly supported by SEAN-CC and the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA):

  • • First event was the Third National Forum on Climate Change, which was held from 5-7 May 2013 in Phnom Penh. With the theme ‘Taking Action for Sustainable Development in the Changing Climate’, this forum gathered 400 participants including national and provincial government officials, development practitioners, NGOs, civil society organisations, private sector, media and students. The forum served as a platform for launching Cambodia’s Climate Change Strategic Plan 2014-2023, as well as for formulating Cambodia’s national positions for COP19
  • • Second event was a debriefing workshop held in December 2013 to discuss outcomes and important decisions of COP19 to bigger audience. This workshop saw active participation and media interest

Activity 4: Facilitation of national mitigation efforts

  • • Cambodia recognises the potential of NAMAs in terms of transfers of technologies and financing for cleaner, greener and socially acceptable development, while at the same time contributing to global efforts of curbing climate change. SEAN-CC supported a NAMA study to identify capacity building needs for government staff so that Cambodia can formulate, develop and implement NAMA activities successfully. This study serves as basis for the establishment of a broader NAMA institutional framework for Cambodia [download NAMA report]

Activity 5: Gender mainstreaming in national climate negotiation

As one way of increasing women’s participation and representation in international climate change discussions, SEAN-CC supported two female delegates to participate at the COP19 in November 2013 and in the 40th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for implementation and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice, as well as for the June session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action in June 2014:

  • • Ms. Baroda Neth, Vice Chief of Office of Education and Outreach from the Ministry of Environment joined the national at the COP19 in November 2013, in which she was assigned to participate in discussions related to capacity building and awareness raising of the Kyoto Protocol and Article 6 of the UNFCCC Convention. Upon her return to the Office, Ms. Baroda Neth shared her learning experience including information on COP19 outcomes and decisions with relevant stakeholders, as well as contributed substantive inputs to a high-level report on COP19 outcomes for the Prime Minister
  • • Ms. Tin Sopors, Chief of Office of Climate change Education and Outreach, participated in the 40th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for implementation and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice, as well as the June session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action in June 2014

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Capacity and Governance Strengthening

To strengthen national Climate Change governance mechanisms through lessons sharing, capacity building and direct support to Climate Change offices of participating countries.

Manila, Philippines 5-7 May 2015 Partners:

This workshop is coordinated by UNEP in partnership with GIZ through the following key projects: NAMAs development for the building sector in Asia, the Southeast Asia Network of Climate Change offices, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Mitigation in the Land Transport Sector in the ASEAN Region and Towards Climate-friendly Transport Technologies and Measures. It is aimed to (a) discuss and share potential opportunities for the transformation of the building and transport sectors in the ASEAN region, (b) share project information and respective country experiences, and (c) better understand the needs for successful development and implementation of NAMAs in the region.

This workshop saw active participation from more than 90 attendees consisting of high-level policy makers and technical staff of key institutions from the energy-building and transport sectors in the ASEAN, and selected international NAMA experts.

[download Agenda] [download Participants’ list]
Singapore, Singapore 9-11 October 2014 Partners:

This is a three-day intensive training on greenhouse gas inventories, constituting both lecture and hands-on, to support member countries’ submission of the Biennial Update Reports (BURs). Forty-five participants from ten network member countries (representing climate change focal points offices, the ministries of energy, industry, agriculture, forestry, and environment, and the national statistics office) were trained on the use and application of IPCC inventory software with country level data examples based on the IPCC 2006 guidelines, and more generally, on quality assurance and verification aspects of the inventory. Of this total, 40% are female participants.

Resource persons were from USAID Low emissions Asian Development, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies through the Technical Support Unit, Florida International University, UNFCCC Secretariat, and Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organisation – Overseas Environmental Cooperation Centre Japan.

[download Agenda] [download Participants’ list]
Ha Long City, Viet Nam 01-03 October 2014 Partners:

SEAN-CC Secretariat organised a workshop on NAMA and brought together NAMA lead actors from ASEAN and other Asian countries to share the analytical tools, discuss country experiences, opportunities and challenges per thematic areas for building, transport, energy efficiency and renewable energy, share country project experiences, challenges and lessons learnt with countries in the region. This workshop facilitated interaction between forty three SEAN-CC country representatives and five country representatives from South and Central Asia regions, and enhanced synergies with other non-UNEP supported projects in the context of NAMA development and implementation in the region. This has enhanced capacity of participants on prioritisation, process, baseline, MRV and Sustainable Development Assessment Tool in the context of NAMA development. Of this total, 21% are female participants.

Resource persons were from UNEP – DTU, GIZ’s Transport and Climate Change Project, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Global Buildings Performance Network, and Building and Construction Authority, among others.

[download Agenda] [download Participants’ list]
September 2014Partners:

The first study Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action: Understanding NAMA Cycle provides a clear rundown of how the overall NAMA process works and the roles and responsibilities of various actors each step of the way so that stakeholders know where they are heading when they start designing their NAMA strategy. This study aims to address the following questions about the process cycle for designing and implementing NAMAs: How does one start the NAMA development process? How are NAMAs linked to climate change policies? Who is responsible for various aspects of NAMA development? What is the role of the private sector? Is there a decision making process for considering and approving NAMAs?

[download]

The second study Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action: Understanding the MRV Framework for Developing Countries describes the MRV framework of developing country mitigation actions as agreed by the Parties to the UNFCCC, and details the most common elements of an MRV system including institutional arrangements, processes and procedures, as well as explains how NAMA implementation is aggregated, presented and reported in Biennial Update Reports (BURs) and other records.

[download]
Bangkok, Thailand August 2014 Partners:

This workshop was organised to provide SEAN-CC network members a better understanding and appreciation of the various aspects of climate finance, and the role of governments in creating an enabling environment for accelerated implementation of climate change projects. Key takeaways are that (1) at the national level, there needs to have a better understanding of the perspective of Commercial banks and the role they can play in climate finance; climate change focal points need to have some interaction with Local Financial Agencies; and dialogue between Financial Institutions and Climate Change Programmes, Actors Implementing Action Plans; and (2) at the regional level, close the knowledge gaps focusing on private sector participation and models for climate finance, establish outreach programme by way of case studies of innovative climate change projects, and regional dialogue between climate finance and the role of national financing institutions.

Twenty-nine representatives from the climate change focal points offices and the ministries of agriculture, urban planning and development, and finance participated in this workshop. Of this total, 52% are female participants.

Resource persons were from Climate Policy Initiative, Green Climate Fund, The Rockefeller Foundation, Asian Development Bank, Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organisation – Overseas Environmental Cooperation Centre Japan, and Indonesia’s State Ministry of National Development Planning.

[download Agenda] [download Participants’ list]
Pattaya, Thailand 14-16 July 2014

This workshop was organised with the aim of: (1) enhancing the understanding of the NAP process according to the UNFCCC/ LDC Expert Group technical guidelines, (2) clarifying the potential entry points for the NAP process in network member countries, and (3) learning from others by sharing experiences on the existing adaptation mainstreaming initiatives in each member country. The Technical Guidelines for the NAP Process, which was developed by the LDC Expert Group of the UNFCCC, was used as the key document of the workshop. Eighteen representatives from six network member countries participated in this workshop. Of this total, 44% are female participants.

Resource persons were from Institute for Global Environmental Strategies through the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network, the LDC Expert Group of the UNFCCC, and UNISRD.

[download Workshop Report] [download Agenda] [download Participants’ list]
Seoul, Korea 3-25 July 2014 Partners:

This training is meant to support relevant network member countries in meeting their reporting requirement under the UNFCCC such as their National Communications. Three government technical staff from Cambodia, Thailand, and Viet Nam participated in this three-week training and benefited learning of using the 1996 IPCC Guidelines for developing national emission inventories as key component of National Communications (as part of the reporting requirements to the UNFCCC).

Enhancing Negotiation Capacity

To provide technical assistance to Climate Change negotiators to address capacity gaps as related to international negotiations topics and their implications in the national and regional contexts.

Hoi An, Viet Nam 18-20 March 2015

The three-day Workshop is convened to serve two purposes. The first one is to respond to SEAN-CC Network members’ request for information, clarity and understanding as possible on Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), as well as updates on participation in submissions and ongoing related initiatives in the Region. The second purpose is to discuss the general outcomes of the 20th Conference of Parties (COP20) and important decisions relating to INDCs. The workshop is a result of SEAN-CC’s continuing effort to improve the common understanding of Network members on important decisions at the COP as and when necessary.

Twenty-four country representatives from seven SEAN-CC member countries participated in this workshop. Resource persons were from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), GIZ, Ricardo-AEA, ICF International, CARE, and the UNFCCC secretariat. Of this total, 36% are females.

[download Agenda] [download Participants’ list] [download Technical Paper on INDC] [download Background Paper on Lima Outcomes and the Status of ADP Negotiations: An Overview]
Bangkok, Thailand 18-19 November 2014

This workshop provided a forum for thirty-two representatives from nine network member countries (of this total, 53% are female participants) to revisit the key outcomes of COP19 in Warsaw and discuss and share their views and expectations on the way to Lima. The workshop provided updates and insights on the key negotiating topics including the 2015 agreement, increasing the pre-COP20 ambition, loss and damage, various market mechanisms and financial landscape through briefing papers and presentations from resource people from research and civil society organisations. More specifically, panel discussions on each topic provided a forum for the countries to share country status and discuss views and expectations in preparation of the COP20.

Resource persons were from International Institute for Environment and Development, Climate Action Network International, International Centre for Climate Change and Development, and Action Aid International, among others.

[download Agenda] [download Participants’ list]
March, June, and November 2014

A series of briefing papers were prepared to update the delegations of SEAN-CC on the outcomes of COP19 in Warsaw, Poland (December 2013). SEAN-CC Secretariat has worked together with the experts from IIED to deliver the following technical papers:

  • Warsaw Outcomes and key issues for Lima [download]
  • The Durban Platform for Enhanced Action Work stream 1 (ADP WS 1) [download]
  • The Durban Platform for Enhanced Action Work stream 2 (ADP WS 2) [download]
  • Capacity building[download]
  • Current financial landscape and the outlook for Lima[download]
  • Framework for Various Approaches including Non-Market Based Approaches and the New Market Mechanism[download]
  • Green Climate Fund[download]
  • Loss and Damage[download]
  • REDD-Plus[download]
These knowledge products were translated into Spanish by the Regional Gateway for Technology Transfer and Climate Change Action in Latin America and the Caribbean (REGATTA) for dissemination to wider audience (i.e. Latin America and Caribbean countries).

Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam 3-4 March 2014 Partner:

This debriefing workshop was organised to revisit the outcomes of the COP19 in Lima, and the two work streams of the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action, and discuss related key negotiation streams and important decisions adopted, and the types of support needed to implement them at the national level. Twenty-nine participants representing international negotiators and climate decision-makers at the national level in eight network member countries attended this workshop. Of this total, 45% are female participants.

One resource person was invited from the Climate Action Network International.

[download Workshop Report] [download Agenda] [download Participants’ list]

Regional network and knowledge platform

To further develop and manage a Climate Change knowledge platform serving the needs of climate change offices and those of their targeted audience.

Lima, Peru 4 December 2014 Partner:

SEAN-CC Secretariat organised a COP20 outreach event together with the REGATTA initiative through the Indonesia Pavilion to share information on the benefits of sub regional climate change networks in responding to national climate change challenges. This side event was attended by up to forty participants.

[download Agenda]
Bali, Indonesia 20-21 May 2014

The meeting provided an informal platform for network member participants to enhance south-south cooperation by discussing progress on national climate change policies; identifying challenges and deliver collectively; reviewing the five-year accomplishments of SEAN-CC activities; and discussing the strategic directions and critical elements for the network in the longer term, among others. Twenty-one participants from nine network member countries attended this meeting.

[download Agenda] [download Participants’ list]
2013- ongoing http://accad.sean-cc.org/

ASEAN Climate Change Action Database (ACCAD) system was created in 2013 as a response to network members’ collective request to provide a one-stop shop web-based database containing climate change related information and resources in ten Southeast Asian countries at the national scale, as well as at the sub regional level i.e. ASEAN, Greater Mekong Sub region, and Least Developed Countries. More specifically, ACCAD is designed to compile information pertaining to CC actions, legislative or regulatory frameworks, status of CC action projects, outcomes and impacts, with highly relevant resource projects, case studies, best practices and tools in the ASEAN region.

Since becoming fully functional in 2014, ACCAD allows users to find information according to these six key categories:

      (1) Policy and Programmes
      (2) Projects/Activities
      (3) Publications
      (4) Information Portals
      (5) Organisations
      (6) Roster of Climate Change Experts in ASEAN