Recovering Living Conditions and Building Resilience of Communities Affected by the 2013 Floods in Cambodia

Study on community safe areas negatively affected by the 2013 floods. The overall purpose of the consultancy is to assess the condition and potential flood safety of identified community safe areas in flood prone areas in Sereisophon and Mongkul Borei of Banteay Meanchey, and flood prone areas in Battambang Province. The study propose feasible short and long term solutions to upgrade Community Safe Areas. The study objectives include i) to elaborate possible causes for increase flood risk in the target area and why designated safe areas in Banteay Meanchey and Battambang Provinces flooded; ii) the assessment of the current situation and its consequences for the people living in the target areas; iii) an investigation if and to what extend the situation has worsened and, if it has worsened, what are the consequences. Findings and conclusions of the study are used to propose feasible short and long term solutions for upgrading of safe areas to ensure safety of residents during flooding.

Actual services provided by our staff within the assignment:
Data collection. Desk study of available monitoring and remote sensing datasets including Dartmouth Flood Observatory data. Field assessments in the project area collecting narrative flood evidence and interviewing local communities and administrations regarding current flood mitigation measures and plans. Flood level assessment using stochastic methods and GIS tools considering expected extreme events under future climate change conditions. Identification of safe areas and potential flood protection and -mitigation measures. Study includes the assessment of effects of the 2013 flood on irrigation based livelihoods such as the analysis of runoff from escarpments entering streams and irrigation canals with respective damages.

Name of client: Action Aid
Start date
(month/year): 08/2014
Completion date (month/year): 09/2014