Cambodia-Australia Partners’ Roundtable Workshop

Mr. John Dore, AusAID Senior Water Advisor, welcomes participants of the Roundtable

On 18 July, 2011; a Cambodia-Australia Water-Food-Energy Partners’ Roundtable and Integrated Water Resource Management Short Course Award was organized by AusAID, in Sunway hotel, Phnom Penh. The Gathering was presided over by H.E. Penny Richards, Ambassador of Australia to the Kingdom of Cambodia and H.E. Hang Choun Naron, Vice-Chairman of SNEC. On behalf of CEDAC, Mr. Khim Sophanna, Senior Program Advisor, attended the program. He was also asked to present the activities of the CEDAC Water Working Group and the cooperation between CEDAC and M-Power Network since 2005.

One of the Support Areas of AusAID in Cambodia

The main purpose of the roundtable is to share learning and identify possible areas for improved cooperation between various Cambodia-Australia Partnerships in the fields of water, food and energy including:

    • Cambodia Agricultural Value Chain (CAVAC) program, with the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology (MOWRAM) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)
    • Water Governance Research Capacity Building, with the Cambodian Development Resource Institute (CDRI), Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC), Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture (CEDAC), Center for Development Oriented Research in Agriculture and Livelihood Systems (CENTDOR), Mekong Program on Water, Environment and Resilience (M-POWER)
    • Consultative group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Challenge Program on Water and Food exploring water resources and hydropower governance, with the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy (MIME) and MOWRAM
    • Tonle Sap Futures and Mekong Region Futures exploring food/water/energy dynamics, with Supreme National Economic Council (SNEC), Tonle Sap Authority (TSA) and ITC
    • Cambodia Water Resources Management Sector Development Program with MOWRAM and ITC

CEDAC has  been active in M-POWER network by:

    • Acting as an active member of the steering committee, represented by Dr. Yang Saing Koma
    • Facilitating the monthly meeting of water working group in 2006-2007
    • Cycling for Change around Tonle Sap, in 2007, to raise awareness of the local population relating to Tonle Sap futures and environment
    • Organizing national workshops on water governance in 2007, 2008 and 2009
    • Hosting research fellows on water governance (Mr. Thuon Try, Mr. Suon Seng and Mr. Ly Kesa)
    • Participating in workshops, network’s meetings, annual meetings and exchanging water governance experiences with other members in the region
    • Co-hosting annual meeting of network’s members in Phnom Penh in 2010
    • Conducting surveys on irrigation schemes in 13 provinces and cases studies (good, medium and bad schemes)
    • Facilitating the set-up of Farmer and Water Net (FWN) in 2010-11, a network of Farmer Water Users Communities (FWUC). The FWN has 15,000 members, representing 12 FWUCs from 8 provinces across Cambodia. The total coverage area is 23,000 ha.

More than 40 participants joined in the morning session, followed by lunch invited by the Ambassador of Australia in her Residence. In the afternoon, time was allocated to present the IWRM short course program in Australia to 20 invited participants from the concerned Ministries, NMRC, Research Institutes and NGOs. I am very happy to be invited to attend this course, which will take place from 08.08. to 09.09.2011, in Australia.

At buffet lunch provided by the Australian Ambassador at her residence

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