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. A new brief will be uploaded each month with the full set to be available before the end of 2020.