Communities are empowered to protect biodiversity and use natural resources sustainably
To work in partnership with communities to strengthen knowledge on natural resource management, biodiversity and improve livelihoods
Transparency, Accountability, Participation, Equality and Honesty
Strategic Plan 2014 - 2019
AFD has recently completed the Strategic Plan for 2014-2019. The Plan has been developed to identify the strategic priorities and to guide investment of our resoruces for the coming five years. You can read the AFD Strategic Plan here.
Kampong Thom is the Cambodia's second largest province bounded by the neighboring Siem Reap, Preah Vihear, Kampong Cham, with Kratie and Strueng Treng to the east; and the Tonle Sap Lake to the southwest. The reliance on natural resources within the province is high, with 91% of Kampong Thom's population of 697,000 people identifying agriculture as their main source of income. The natural resource dependent communities are highly vulnerable to the climate change impacts, changing land use within the province, and natural disasters including drought and flooding.
The community based organisations managing the forestry, fisheries and protected areas resources are not empowered or functional to protect their lands and resources, or to support livelihood. Many of the communities lack skills including sustainable agriculture practices, biodiversity protection, knowledge of the laws, governance and negotiating skills.
AFD currently works in 7 districts in Kampong Thom, including: Prasat Balang, Kampong Svay, Steung Sen, Santuk, Baray, Stueng and Sandan.
AFD's beneficiaries are the poorest households in natural resource dependent communities from the seasonally flooded Tonle Sap inundation zone to the communities vulnerable to disasters in Sandan district. AFD integrates inclusive gender and minority groups within all program planning and activities. Increasing women's participation in natural resource community based organisations and improving small business networks is a particular focus in program design and implementation activities.
In supporting our beneficiaries, AFD partners with community based organizations and in co-operation with local government structures.
AFD's Board of Directors meet quarterly to monitor the organisations progress, provide strategic guidance to the Executive Director and identify opportunities for improvement. The AFD Program Management Committee (comprising managers at AFD) meet monthly to track progress on activities to work plans and budgets.
AFD has partnered with Scope Global, the Australian government program, to deliver training and capacity building opportunities for staff, and support for organizational improvements. The advisor is based in Kampong Thom.
The team in Kampong Thom includes: Executive Director, Project Managers (3); Project-based staff (25); Administration/Finance Manager and local volunteers
AFD has over 10 years' experience in natural resource and environment management, disaster preparedness, climate change responses, livelihood support and good governance. The team has extensive knowledge of the challenges confronting the community based organisations, development and management of natural resources in the province.
AFD actively engages with stakeholders, and builds relationships between communities and local authorities to improve livelihoods and environemental protection.