On November 23, 2013,the project concluded the assessment of LoCAL’s Performance Based Climate Resilience Grants (PBCRG) in two provinces (Battambang 5 districts, Takeo 3 districts) in Cambodia. For Battambang province it was the first PBCR assessment completed by NCDD and UNCDF. All five Battambang districts (Sampov Loun, Bovel, Thma Koul, Rokha Kiri, Moung Reussey) since signing MoU’s agreements for LGCCII project implementation on January 2013 have started to indicate strong public resource management capacity and are projected to be on the right track to achieve successful project implementation.
Congruently the province of Takeo has also shown positive strides towards successful project implementation. It has been the second PBCRG assessment for Takeo province with project development now running from mid-2011. The UNCDF and NCDD team have completed assessing two main PBCRG indicators 1) Public resource management performance and 2) Climate change adaptation and Use of PB-CR Grants. The assessment of the two indicators has shown to be positive with a high aggregate scoring that brings a new confidence in the continuation of PBCR grant allocation for development and strengthening local capacity.
The aim of the field mission was to:
- To monitor project progress in 5 districts in Battambang province and verify data and documentation of achievements of the first PBCR MC indicator, which is:
Public Resource Management Performance
- To monitor project progress in 3 districts in Takeo province and verify data and documentation of achievements of the first and second PBCRG MC indicators, which are:
1. Public Resource Management Performance
- To inform project management on the implementation, best practice and challenges in project implementation
- To examine how effectively the LoCAL program has worked in mainstreaming climate change resilience into sub-national planning and finance systems and how it has addressed local community’s climate change needs.
- To assess the LoCAL program with what has been achieved against expected LoCAL outcome and outputs
- To identity areas of weakness in processes, procedures and internal controls and develop recommendations and work out the challenges on improving the facilitation and implementation of the LoCAL program
The expected outputs of the field mission was to complete a PBCR assessment to verify to what extent local government meets minimum conditions in strengthening their climate change resilient practice in Battambang and Takeo province
On Monday 4th November in Wangdhue Podrang Districts Bhutan, the UNCDF LoCAL project conducted an evaluation workshop with the local government and its key representatives.
Mr Ugyen P. Norbu (Photo - Left) National Consultant for UNCDF facilitated the workshop. The workshop was attended by over ten people from the local government office; including key program members such as Mr Melam Zangpo, Mrs Tshering Yanki, Mr Choki Dorji, Mr Lhendup R Wangchule, Mr Saha Dev Thapa and Mr Lhapchu.
The aim of the workshop was:
The expected outputs of this workshop were to :
LGCC Project - PBCR Climate Proof Road during October 2013 - Flooding Boreichulsar District, Takeo Province
Climate change exposes local community’s vulnerability during heavy flooding. Lacking resources and capacity to deal with climate changes adverse effects, flooding can cripple a local community’s economy, destroy its infrastructure, and affect the general health of its people. LGCC as the LoCAL’s Performance Based Climate Resilient Grant (PBCR) works to empower local communities by building local capacity and ensuring local needs are met through well-structured sustainable local planning. One successful activity of LGCC in implementing the Performance Based Climate Resilience Grant has been the building of a climate-proof road.
The pictures above and below show the effects of the flood and illustrate the newly built climate proof road constructed above the flood level thereby allowing normal community transport to continue during the flooding period. The climate proof road highlights the importance and necessity of local community involvement in the developing and planning process in order to adequately assess local challenges and needs in building a sustainable future.
“To invest any infrastructure by ignoring proper climate-proof concepts would be considered as regretful intervention, because we will waste not only money but also could not help local community to adapt their lives to climate change issues ”.
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