• Enhancing Climate Resilient Water Resources Management in Pursat and Battambang Provinces

    The Royal Government of Cambodia, through the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology (MOWRAM), is investing in enhancing climate resilience and reducing flood risks by rehabilitating the Damnak Chheukrom irrigation and drainage system.  This canal system is located on the foothills of the Cardamom mountain range in Pursat and Battambang provinces. This area is very vulnerable to flash floods from the mountains and has experienced frequent prolonged droughts over the past ten years, with the deterioration of the irrigation and drainage system worsening these risks.    

    Before construction starts, technical experts from the Enhancement of Flood and Drought Management Project in Pursat Province are working with MOWRAM to develop models that project impact climate change impacts on water resources in the canal system. This information will assist engineers to prepare a design for a first phase of rehabilitation works that will reduce risks of drought and floods in Pursat province in light of future climate change scenarios.  This project is financed through the Asian Development Bank with support from the Climate Investment Funds under Cambodia’s Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR).

    In parallel, the project is training 46 villages around the Damnak Chheukrom Canal to develop and implement Safer Village Plans. The Safer Village Plans describe the steps the community must take to reduce their disaster risks, including maintaining Early Warning Systems that will monitor water levels in the canal and alert villagers when they need to evacuate.

    The SPCR technical assistance Mainstreaming Climate Resilience into Development Planning is also assisting MOWRAM with technical analysis to further enhance the Damnak Chheukrom irrigation and drainage system.  The MCRDP study examines the feasibility of an expansion of Damnak Chheukrom canal and its irrigation system components by rehabilitating and connecting canal sections in Battambang and Pursat provinces. MCRDP is also identifying measures to climate-proof rural roads, improve climate-resilient agriculture production and marketing, and build community resilience to climate change. Once finalized, MCRDP will assist MOWRAM to identify adaptation funds so that improvements to climate resilient water resources management and disaster risk reduction become a reality for more communities living around the Damnak Chheukrom system.

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