The consulting team for Package A came on board in September 2013 and an inception workshop was held in December 2013. However, the contract was terminated in June 2014 due to the firm' s breach of contract. A replacement firm was mobilized in February 2015. A coordinating NGO to operate the civil society support facility under Package B was mobilized in April 2015. Another firm for Package C focusing on gender, monitoring and evaluation, and mainstreaming climate resilience at sub-national levels was mobilized in August 2016.
Progress for Outputs 1,2 and 4:
o Intensive consultation and detailed discussions on inception report with all involved sectors provided a comprehensive road map and endorsement for the project; Scoping workshop held in July 2015
Institutional and coordination: 2 SPCR Coordination Team meetings held in 2015, with discussion of technical issues (screening and indicators of adaptation effectiveness) in the December meeting; Establishing mechanism for project implementation with water, agriculture and infrastructure sectors and other agencies through Adaptation Working Group, with regular round table meetings; Establishing coordination and collaboration mechanism for working with SPCR investment projects; Working with sector agencies to implement parts of their CCAPs through their CC Working Groups; Mechanisms for collaboration with other projects and initiatives, e.g. CCCA, GIZ, FAO, established with proposals for joint activities under consideration
Capacity Building: Series of visits to key provinces Prey Veng, Kampong Thom, Battambang, and later in April 2016 in Koh Kong and Mondulkiri to identify and describe various adaptation practices for each sector; 3 day training in Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning in Battambang for over 60 government staff from sector and other SPCR agencies; Training of climate change risk screening tools by sector agencies was held on 4 April 2016.
Technical papers: Preparation of a series of guides/case studies on climate resilient planning for infrastructure at penultimate draft for consultation with sector agencies for agriculture and infrastructure, Water resources is in preparation; Draft report on climate change risk screening tools prepared and circulated for sector agencies.
Feasibility studies: Process established for selection of project proposals for feasibility studies and demonstrations; Series of sectoral screening and scoping missions to identify and describe potential adaptation investment projects in selected provinces;
University and secondary curriculum development: Initial round table meetings with Universities completed; Development of detailed proposals for Climate change curriculum development with Royal Agriculture University
Publications and awareness raising: SPCR website established; 3 electronic newsletters produced
Progress for Output 3:
A: Partner selection process is nearing completion:
136 Expressions of interest (EOIs) were received from Cambodian CSOs for implementing community focused adaptation projects.
Partner selection was done in a 2-stage EOI and proposal development process which started in August 2015.
It factored in preset selection criteria and evaluation matrix and 5-person evaluation committee (including 1 person form MOE).
Geographic distribution, sector distribution, background checks, and absorption capacity factored into the selection of the final 19 list.
As of March 2016, 19 finalist organizations (18 NGOs and 1 CBO) are in a second final round of proposal revisions process.
Volume of sub-grants is 1.4 million in total, with grants ranging from $40,000 to $100,000 over 18 months sub grant period.
19 partners are broadly spread across 17 provinces, geographic zones (2 in coastal, 4 in uplands", 2 in urban, rest in Tonle Sap and Mekong basins)
And 19 partners spread across sectors: youth and education, climate smart agriculture and irrigation, Governance i.e mainstreaming CCA DRR into development planning, water supply and sanitation, livelihood, housing, social services, financial services etc&
Sub-projects are expected to be implemented from June 2016.
Completed 2 successive rounds of 4 day comprehensive training programs:
First training held in October 2015 with 35 shortlisted CSOs to help understand CCA and DRR programming, give guidance to conduct community level vulnerability assessments and develop proposals
Second training held in March to give more practical guidelines for project implementation and additional technical sector (IWRM, energy, DRR, mainstreaming into CDP&) and thematic (child centered CCA, gender and CCA etc..) modules.
19 CSOs were selected to receive small grants totaling $1.4 million.