Together Addressing Climate Change: How an Integrated Water Resource Management Perspective can Strengthen the Delivery of a Community Based Adaptation Project in Rural Cambodia
Working in collaboration with the Women Organization for Modern Economy and Nursing (WOMEN), Jeremy’s research targeted a recognised need to strengthen community resilience to the challenges of climate challenge, including vulnerability to flood and drought. By adopting an integrated water management viewpoint of the existing Together Addressing Climate Change Initiative-Prey Veng (TACCI-PV) project, Jeremy developed diversified outcomes-oriented recommendations to support the existing management approach in achieving valuable outputs within the pressures of short-term project milestones.
Cambodia is considered to be one of the most vulnerable countries in Southeast Asia to the effects of climate change. Because water is the primary medium through which climate change influences ecosystems, it is logical to apply an Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) perspective to implement community based climate change adaptation projects.
The goal of this project was to use an IWRM perspective to strengthen the management of a project being conducted by WOMEN in Prey Veng, Cambodia. The current monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework for the project only measured project outputs, so Jeremy assessed what sort of outcomes-oriented M&E framework could help improve the project management by applying the principles established in IWRM.
The project used surveys to establish baseline data and develop the mechanisms and methods for future data collection and analysis. Bennett’s hierarchy proved to be a useful and adaptive framework for improving M&E because it highlights specific levels of outcomes based on the time required to achieve them.
About Jeremy's project
Master of Integrated Water Management
The International WaterCentre Master of Integrated Water Management creates water leaders by drawing on international teaching and research from many fields to provide a transdisciplinary, whole-of-water-cycle approach to water management. www.watercentre.org/education/programs