We’re working with 15 communities in Cambodia to ensure that development is informed by the perspectives of people most at risk.


Random household surveys


Civil society surveys


Local government surveys

Key findings and conclusions at the national level

  • Hydro-meteorological threats are expected to increase significantly for future generations – especially droughts
  • There is a need to effectively involve communities in the assessment, planning, implementation and monitoring of programmes, project and activities for risk reduction
  • There is a need to integrate disaster risk, changing climate and ecosystem-based information while planning and implementing development programmes and projects in order to ensure risk-informed development

Surveys undertaken in Cambodia

Our Views from the Frontline surveys in Cambodia were undertaken in 2019.

Who was surveyed?

We surveyed 673 random households, 150 civil society organisations, 150 local government representatives, and undertook 75 community consultations.

Risk locations prioritised

We prioritised two risk areas:

  • Western Battambang
  • Koh Kang

Communities surveyed

We surveyed people from 15 communities: Nikom Knong, Tumpung Cheung, Ang Cheung, Tumpung Tboung, Kouk Trab, Kouk Kduoch, Kaksekam, Paoy Yong, Kampong Sdam, Chheu Neang, Saray, Chrouy Svay Khang Lech, Chhroy Svay Khang Kaeut, Nesat, Phnum Sralau.

“We have been affected by floods. Though there are some safe places available, it is hard especially for girls as they lack proper sanitation and hygiene facilities and normally lack clean water.”

Community representative, Battambang Province, Cambodia

Our impact

Activities undertaken in response to community-level findings and conclusions

  • Restoration of canals, installation of pump wells and water reservoir tanks to address the increasing issues of water scarcity and its accessibility in the selected communities
  • Reduction of the direct impact of floods on communities through the installation of culverts
  • Development of multi-stakeholder participatory mechanisms for the restoration or installation of structural measures at the community levels – such as restoration of canals, installation of pipes to bring lake water to the villages, and installation of water reservoir tanks

Impact of activities

  •  A sustainable water source will provide an opportunity for communities to use water for domestic purposes and also improve their agriculture production and vegetable gardening at the household level
  • Reduced costs for safe drinking water for communities
  • Communities will be involved in government-level disaster management processes, which will support resilience building and improve planning against disasters as per their community needs
  • Communities are more aware of disasters, climate issues and ecosystem-based information which leads to risk-informed development among communities

Flood mitigation through canal restoration

Nine out of ten families in Kouk Kduoch make a living through agriculture, primarily by selling produce from their rice plantations, vegetable gardens, as well as their livestock. However, lack of water in dry seasons, and flooding in rainy seasons are two perennial challenges. During rainy seasons, food plantations are destroyed from flooding, and in dry seasons plantations are affected by lack of water.

Rural Development Association (RDA), a Views from the Frontline partner sought to provide a sustainable solution and prioritised restoring a 1,200 ft. canal as prioritised during the local action disaster reduction action planning exercise.

The canal has improved access to water, and reduced flooding because it drains water during the rainy season, directly benefiting 622 households. This disaster risk reduction intervention has since been integrated into local development and investment plans.

Our project partners in Cambodia

Our Views from the Frontline programme is implemented by GNDR member organisations and partners in the country.

National coordinating organisation

  • Church World Services

Partner organisations

  • Rural Development Association
  • Mlup Promviheathor Center

View all data from Cambodia

You can view all our Views from the Frontline survey data using our data dashboard. You can also learn more about our methodology for selecting at-risk areas and survey respondents.

Project funded by

European Union

Our Views from the Frontline project is funded by the European Union (EU). Content related to this project on our website was made possible by the support of the EU. All content is the sole responsibility of GNDR and does not necessarily reflect the views of the EU.

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Photo credit

Photo by Paul Szewczyk on Unsplash.