- Participants: DRR actors including Action Aid, Save the Children, People in Need (PIN), DCA/CA, CARE International, CHF, Plan International, First Response Radio, AVSF, Habitat, ACTED, UNICEF, Lifewater International and UNDP Cambodia.
- Place: PIN Meeting Hall, Phnom Pen, Cambodia | 12 February 2016.
- Organisers: Save the Earth Cambodia (facilitators) together with partners from the Cambodian DRR think-tank called Joint Action Group (JAG).
Most of the Cambodian DRR Actors have been engaging in GNDR programs since 2008. They have been joining in different levels of the GNDR activities. As a part of the process, the Frontline workshop in Cambodia was organized with the meeting of Joint Action Group (JAG), a DRR Think-tank in Cambodia, to ensure the participation of all key DRR actors in the event and make more visible reflection on the Frontline research findings with a hope that the DRR actors would make use of the Frontline findings as key elements in designing and developing their projects, program and country strategy.
Frontline corkscrewed of all forms of disaster threats, uncovered its consequences to the human lives and livelihoods, identified the proper actions to be taken to reduce those consequences and also pointed out what barriers around to accomplish those risk reduction activities. Hence, Frontline turn into the frontrunner in building strongholds for enhancing community resilience. Frontline reignited the accepted position of civil societies in building resilience as the actor of project designer, implementer, monitoring & evaluator, advocate, capacity builder, and overall as the reliable and trusted facilitators to national and local government levels basing on the community perspectives.
It created a momentum of working on community resilience through defining the disaster risk trends, focused on the impacts of disasters and its way forward by engaging government, civil society and community people to a common platform for working on SFDRR period 2016-30.
Cambodia Frontline focused on risks zones on dry land, flood plain, riverine, coastal and urban areas.
PRE-WORKSHOP FRONTLINE RESEARCH
Frontline's research methodology and tools better helped the Frontline partners to facilitate the research processes to study the community risk trends, clearly identified the ultimate consequences caused by those risks and threats, facilitation processes helped community respondents to identify the proper action to be taken to reduce those risks and also pointed out the limitations from different perspectives why they are unable to reduce the disaster threats. On the other, it defined the disaster risks trends from 2005 to 2015 comparing the number of small (everyday disaster) and large scale disasters affect their lives and livelihoods.
Such risk trends can be considered as the baseline for monitoring of the SFDRR for its implementation period 2016-30.
The Frontline research activities were conducted in two communities in a drought affected areas in Battambang, coastal areas in Koh Kong, riverine areas in Kampong Cham, Tonle Sap flooded areas in Kampong Thom and highly populated urban areas in Phnom Penh. The partners worked closely with local authorities and local community people. The balanced participation of women and men; and age considerations like children, youth, adult, elderly people; profession considerations like school students, teachers, housewives, farmers, small business holders, police and local authority representatives etc. The study covered 14 villages from five provinces.
As most of the DRR actors were aware on the Frontline approaches for reaching out to the local communities, local CBOs and authorities to the selected disaster prone areas, so they have been waiting for see the findings and how to articulate the findings into further actions in building community resilience. The threats caused by climate change, alcoholism, flood, every day disasters, drought, diseases etc. knocked them to think about the risk trends and how to address them.
Frontline has been recognized as the frontrunner mechanism in identifying all forms of risks trends – manmade, natural, and biological and others in the community levels, how it affects the people and their livelihoods along with possible outlines for getting rid of those threats. There was no single and unique mechanism like Frontline before that could reach with such comprehensive risk factor identification and demonstrated a doable way forward.
The Frontline findings demonstrate the need of adequate education, technical and financial capacity and know-how for building resilience and overall sustainable development. It shows the comprehensive mechanism in addressing disaster threats, how it should be prioritized and address all forms of disaster threats. Frontline better helps to compare the risks level at different risk zones, country and global levels. Such comparative analysis makes the DRR decision makers to further work on the DRR fields more effectively and would add value in enhancing community resilience and sustainable development goals.
Save the Earth is a Cambodian CSO. But GNDR/Frontline helped to be recognized and well established as a responsible DRR actor in Cambodia, in Southeast Asia and at a global level. It is GNDR that unlocked such opportunity and perceptibility for all of its NCOs globally. Without GNDR or Frontline, it would be very challenging for a national CSO like Save the Earth to lead some globally recognized INGOs, UN Agencies dealing with DRR issues along government institutions. It is an added great findings from Frontline.
- Cambodia Frontline report: Frontline_Cambodia_Country_Report_2015-16.pdf911.62 KB