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Climate smart intensive gardens providing alternative food source and additional income for rural villagers

JCCI partner Khmer Youth and Social Development (KYSD) have continued their efforts together with local authorities, the community forestry committee and villagers to strengthen local capacity to adapt to a changing climate. The latest addition has been supporting ten households (whereof three female headed) in Pich Antung and Chrak Sra Em villages to set up climate smart intensive gardens where vegetables and other crop can be grown year round, giving people a good alternative food source to traditional rain-fed rice farming decreasing expenses from buying food at the market generating additional income. Also, commune authorities have given Pich Antung a letter of appreciation recognizing them as a model village for their cooperation and activities related to reforestation and climate change.

Forest fire destroys Flooded forest - local fish habitat and liveliehoods threathened

For eight days, starting April 4 to 11 a forest fire covering 11 hectares raged in Kampong Phlouk commune, Siem Reap province in the target area of JCCI partner Fishery Action Coalition Team (FACT). The flooded forests around Kampong Phlouk is not only a popular eco-tourism zone but also an important fish habitat, a resource essential to many people’s survival. The fire started after a few individuals, collecting the daily need of firewood, left their cooking fire unattended. Through good cooperation between FACT, district and village authorities, gendarme, fishery department, CBOs and locals the fire was after eight days finally under control.

Effects from the fire includes the loss of 11 hectares fish habitat for the 2013 rainy season and is likely to lead to less tourism in the area. Immediately the fire affected nearby communities by a loss of livelihoods and a fear of the fire spreading to villages. In Kampong Phlouk, authorities and communities will keep working to improve early warning systems, disaster management and ensure the availability of fire trucks to be better prepared. The apparent risk of fires, manmade or weather and climate induced, is a strong incentive for continued community based resilience building and education.

JCCI parter learning forum on sustainable agriculture

The youth eco-club in Chambok has only existed for about a year, but has already set up vegetable farming plots, a seedling nursery and taken the initiative for village cleaning days and better garbage disposal. The members of the club have also gotten involved to support community forestry patrolling and demarcation activities. Not only has the local environment improved, but getting organized has also improved the solidarity between youth in the different villages in the district. Chin, a village team leader of the club, says: “I joined because I wanted to get knowledge and information from outside, and be able to share that with the people in my village”. The youth eco-club is supported by Khmer Youth and Social Development (KYSD), a Forum Syd partner. KYSD trains and mentors the youth club, and has also placed a volunteer with rural development technical skills in the village,

The Khmer Youth Association (KYA) organizes Youth Networks all over Cambodia. In Kampong Cham province there are five active community youth networks. The members of all five networks came together to organize an awareness campaign, spreading messages from the youth networks’ agenda to people in Prey Chor district. Each youth network also met with local authorities to raise their issues and ask questions. Their concerns included problems caused by gambling, poor attitudes of staff at the local health center, the commune’s possibility to support construction of latrines and the presence in the commune of recruiters from a company involved in human trafficking to Thailand. Representatives from the commune council, police, health center and local temple answered. The commune council took the opportunity to inform about the importance of safe maternal care and delivery care at the health center rather than using traditional midwives. A commune councilor testified: “We like to work with youth. They have a lot of energy and are dynamic in spreading information to others in the village. Here in our commune, we have added four extra points to the national local safety programme, because of good suggestions from the youth and the local people.”

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