This is a new pilot project to identify and prevent risks related to climate change for vulnerable urban communities in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Since April 2016, Planète Enfants & Développement has been supporting the Cambodian association SKO in the implementation of an innovative pilot project to help vulnerable urban communities identify and prevent risks related to climate change. The project’s objective is to strengthen the capacities of community groups, then to support them in the development and funding of community-specific action plans based on the identified risks. This includes funding community-based initiatives to secure their environment and water and sanitation infrastructure and encouraging communities to develop response plans for natural disasters such as floods or droughts.

As part of this project, the SKO and Planète Enfants & Développement teams visited the community of Praek Takong 1 at the end of 2016 to map the site, along with 10 members of the community trained in natural disaster risk assessment.  This community is particularly vulnerable to flooding. Using the PASSA (Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness) methodology, the map will allow suitable or dangerous areas to be identified and their location to be recorded. The results will be displayed on a sign in the village to inform all 300 of the community’s inhabitants. Potential solutions will then be explored at the upcoming PASSA training sessions SKO has organised with the community.