Cambodia’s second rural water supply and sanitation (RWSS) project improves water supply and sanitation for 3-400,000 rural residents in 400 villages in 8 provinces around Tonle sap Lake. In support of this large-scale infrastructure investment funded by the Asia Development Bank, NIRAS designed and implemented a comprehensive capacity development programme for the RWSS sector that recognises the Southeast Asian country’s susceptibility to climate change and natural disasters. Over a 24-month period, the project covered:
- Institutional strengthening and training in climate change resilience and adaptation to floods, droughts, and impacts on groundwater;
- disaster risk management (planning, response, and recovery) to better prepare and react to such climate change impacts and
- development of rural water supply and sanitation safety plans for both rural water and sanitation;
- mainstreaming of climate change impact management into RWSS initiatives at central and local government and village levels.
The capacity development programme added considerable value to RWSS investments at national and provincial levels by increasing operational knowledge at national, provincial and village level in 28 communes.
Download the project brief to learn more about this programme and how it provides broad sector-wide support to agriculture.