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Helping Cambodia Plan for and Adapt to Climate Change

USAID, through its Climate Change Resilient Development (CCRD) project, provided support for national adaptation planning in developing countries. This support was designed to help countries identify climate risks, adaptation needs, and technical and managerial capacity caps. The CCRD project also helped countries coordinate national adaptation priorities and secure funding from donors.

Abt Associates’ staff assisted USAID’s efforts on national adaptation planning as part of its broader support to the CCRD project. In particular, Abt supported national adaptation planning in Cambodia, a poor country that is poised for rapid economic expansion, but faces key climate change risks.

Abt supported national adaptation planning in Cambodia by working with USAID, other funders and partners – such as the German bilateral aid agency, GIZ – and the Royal Government of Cambodia to scope potential national adaptation planning activities, identify potential barriers to their success, and evaluate opportunities. The work focused on how climate change can be integrated into Cambodia’s planning and budgeting system. This work has involved two mission trips to Phenom Penh in 2015.

Abt staff wrote a report about efforts in the U.S. to integrate adaptation into strategic planning and budgeting, and to provide preliminary input into parallel efforts in Cambodia.

Read the CCRD project’s final report.