Improving Water Governance and Climate Change Adaptation in Cambodia

Cambodia's Tonle Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. It is estimated that up to half of Cambodia's population benefits directly or indirectly from the lake's resources. Over the next few decades, climate change and new hydroelectric development will likely alter the lake, negatively affecting livelihoods. This project will study these changes and integrate findings into Cambodia's policy and planning framework. To better understand the implications of both climate change and development on livelihoods in the basin, researchers will first assess gaps in existing research on the water-related impacts of climate change and make recommendations to improve future studies. The project will also undertake research on hydrological change in three sub-catchment areas in the Tonle Sap basin. The project will be led by the Cambodia Development Research Institute in partnership with five key government and academic institutions (Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, Ministry of Environment and the Secretariat of Inter-ministerial Committee for Climate Change, Tonle Sap Authority, Institute of Technology of Cambodia, and the Royal University of Agriculture) and one regional network (the Mekong Program on Water, Environment, and Resilience). It is expected that this research will be able to make a substantial contribution to improving local and provincial adaptation planning initiatives in Cambodia. This project is funded through IDRC's Adaptation Research Initiative in Asia (ARI-Asia) with funds from the Government of Canada's fast-start financing.

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End Date

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


36 months

IDRC Officer

Charlotte MacAlister

Total funding

CA$ 1,499,800


Far East Asia

Project Leader

Dr. Chem Phalla


The Cambodia Development Resource Institute

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