Cambodia-Australia Agricultural Value Chain Program

Water management has always been important to Cambodian people for agricultural production and supporting livelihoods. The irrigation system in Angkor over a thousand years ago was one of the largest in the world. There are now over 2,500 irrigation schemes in Cambodia. Most were constructed during the Khmer Rouge period in the late 1970s and many are not fully operational, requiring rehabilitation and in some cases decommissioning.

This series of Short Technical Briefs draws from the lessons learned under CAVAC to raise awareness of steps for establishing sustainable irrigation in Cambodia. New briefs will be uploaded periodically.

Managing Water Resources
Securing water to support Sustainable Irrigation
Securing water to support Sustainable Irrigation

To manage water resources effectively it is important to understand how much water is available to support irrigation, energy production, urban and rural water supply, industry, the natural environment, etc. Changing climate and development pressures (e.g. irrigation expansion) will continually impact the availability of water.

June 2020

Securing water to support Sustainable Irrigation
Securing water to support Sustainable Irrigation

To manage water resources effectively it is important to understand how much water is available to support irrigation, energy production, urban and rural water supply, industry, the natural environment, etc. Changing climate and development pressures (e.g. irrigation expansion) will continually impact the availability of water.

June 2020

Rehabilitating irrigation schemes
Achieving sustainable irrigation: overview of the process
Achieving sustainable irrigation: overview of the process

One of the first steps is to determine the selection criteria for identifying schemes to be rehabilitated or constructed. These criteria are used to inform an initial list of project areas and potential irrigation schemes to be considered. CAVAC developed its selection criteria based on the lessons learned during the implementation of its first phase (2010-2015).

June 2020

Achieving sustainable irrigation: overview of the process
Achieving sustainable irrigation: overview of the process

One of the first steps is to determine the selection criteria for identifying schemes to be rehabilitated or constructed. These criteria are used to inform an initial list of project areas and potential irrigation schemes to be considered. CAVAC developed its selection criteria based on the lessons learned during the implementation of its first phase (2010-2015).

June 2020