Invitation to a Roundtable Discussion on Climate Finance

Along with the global recognition of the dire consequences of climate change came the availability of climate funds to support adaptation, mitigation and forest conservation measures in vulnerable developing countries.

Identified as one of the particularly vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change, Cambodia currently benefits from global climate finance.

To shed light to some of the questions surrounding climate finance, GERES will be holding a Roundtable Discussion on Climate Finance for Development on 25th November 2014, 15.00-16.00HH, at The Quay Boutique Hotel along Sisowath Quay.

 

What is climate finance? What are the issues surrounding ease of access to the financing options made available by climate finance? What is Cambodia doing towards taking advantage of low-carbon sustainable development options that are made possible by increasing availability of climate change support? And how can government, donors and NGOs work better together to harness market-based carbon financing options which have considerable potential for Cambodia?

These are only some of the questions that will be addressed at the roundtable discussion which hopes to open up a conversation on the subject of climate finance and its role in Cambodia’s development. Panelists and guests are anticipated to share their experience and knowledge on the subject with a view to identifying ways on how to work better together to effectively utilize existing mechanisms to be able to tap into this potentially vast resource for the country’s development.

THE PANEL MEMBERS

Climate Change Department, Ministry of Environment (TO BE CONFIRMED)

Mr. Julien CHEVILLARD, Trust Fund Administrator, Cambodia Climate Change Alliance and Development Finance Specialist, United Nations Development Programme

Mr. Chevillard’s expertise is on climate-responsive budgeting, economics of climate change, access to international climate finance and innovative climate financing and partnerships. He has worked on development and climate finance in West and Central Africa, and South and Southeast Asia, where he supported the first climate public expenditure review in Nepal and the development of a climate change financing framework for Cambodia.

The Cambodia Climate Change Alliance is a multi-donor partnership supporting the Ministry of Environment and other members of the National Climate Change Committee to operationalize the climate change response in Cambodia. CCCA has supported the development of the Cambodia Climate Change Strategic Plan (2014-23), as well as related action plans in priority ministries. Twenty pilot adaptation projects have been funded since 2011, and a new round of funding is about to be launched for both mitigation and adaptation projects. CCCA supports the development of a national financing framework for climate change in Cambodia and related readiness activities.

To know more: www.camclimate.org.kh

http://www.kh.undp.org/content/cambodia/en/home/operations/projects/environment_and_energy/cambodia-climate-change-alliance/

http://www.climatefinance-developmenteffectiveness.org/

Mr. KIM Sour, Research Associate, Natural Resources and Environment Programme, Cambodia Development Resource Institute

Mr. Kim has been conducting research on fisheries, water resources, hydropower and climate change for the CDRI for over five years, and has authored several publications, including on climate change vulnerability, adaptation assessment and South-South technology transfer of low-carbon innovation. He holds a master’s degree on Tropical Marine Ecology and Fisheries Biology from James Cook University, Australia.

CDRI is a leading independent development policy research institute, consisting of five research programmes including economics, democratic governance, agriculture and poverty, natural resources and environment and social development. CDRI works in parallel with government policy development and implementation.

To know more: www.cdri.org.kh

Ms. Claire DUFOUR, Executive Director, Nexus – Carbon for Development

Ms. Dufour has been working on carbon markets and climate finance since 2005, during which period she had performed research work on the economics of climate change, including on assessment and financing climate-friendly development programs at the Children Investment Fund Foundation in London, and led business development at the Paris-based carbon exchange BlueNext where she was responsible for developing new products and services on the exchange, and creating business opportunities in the European and international carbon markets.

Nexus is a cooperative of development organizations that supports vulnerable communities by scaling up successful climate-friendly projects. Espousing a non-profit and collaborative structure at Nexus, Nexus members are able to share expertise and services and access technical assistance and international funding opportunities such as carbon finance.

To know more: http://www.nexus-c4d.org/

(UPDATED) Mr. Mathieu RUILLET, Regional Director for Southeast Asia, Group for the Environment, Renewable Energy and Solidarity

Mr. Ruillet’s work on projects relating to clean energy access has taken him from his native France to Afghanistan, Morocco, Egypt, and now, Cambodia. He currently leads GERES’ work on sustainable biomass energy in Cambodia and Myanmar.

The Group for the Environment, Renewable Energy and Solidarity is an NGO working towards promoting sustainable biomass energy in Cambodia for the past 20 years. It is the first NGO to enter the voluntary carbon market with an improved cookstove project, raising over 9 million euros from the sale of more than 1.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. It has disseminated over 3.5 million units of improved cookstove all over Cambodia.

To know more:  www.geres.eu

Moderated by: Ms. Cynthia WALLACE

Ms. Wallace is a formerly New York City-based journalist and now serves as business consultant based in Phnom Penh.

The roundtable discussion is to be followed by the launching of OUTCOMES, a publication looking into the story of GERES’ Carbon-financed work in Cambodia.

 

*Cocktails will be served.*

 

Please email your confirmation to m.romero@geres.eu on or before November 24th 2014.