Woman pouring bucket of water into container
The project has reinforced the inter-linkages that exist between RWSSP, climate change adaption, disaster risk management and social development/gender inclusivity. Photo @Asia Development Bank

CDTA to support new initiatives for the second RWSS project

Innovative capacity-building programme mainstreams climate change adaptation and disaster risk management into water supply and sanitation

Integrating vulnerability and resilience into Cambodia’ rural water supply and sanitation investment plans will ensure infrastructure sustainability

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.

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