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Resources 2017, 6(3), 44; doi:10.3390/resources6030044

Water Governance in Cambodia: From Centralized Water Governance to Farmer Water User Community

Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI), 56 Street 315, Tuol Kork, PO Box 622, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Received: 22 March 2017 / Revised: 29 August 2017 / Accepted: 29 August 2017 / Published: 31 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Toward Integrated Water-Energy-Land-Food Management)
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Abstract

Cambodia has abundant water resources in the wet season and a scarcity of water in the dry season. These phenomena undermine the development in this country and pose a threat to long-term development. Hence, the governance of water becomes critically important for the current and future development of Cambodia. Thus, this study is undertaken to understand the current water governance practice, challenges and constraints that prevent Cambodia from managing water effectively, and identify opportunities to improve it. In doing this, the study examines the water governance in Cambodia from a large-scale water management system and three community-based water resource management systems and farmer water user communities (FWUCs) in three provinces around Cambodia. It concludes that the current water governance practice in Cambodia is still too weak and fragmented to address the water security issues affecting the country, and thus, reorganization of the current structure and system of the water governance framework would be required to address long-term water security issues. View Full-Text
Keywords: water governance; water security; water equity and efficiency; farmer water user communities; flooding; drought; livelihoods water governance; water security; water equity and efficiency; farmer water user communities; flooding; drought; livelihoods
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Sithirith, M. Water Governance in Cambodia: From Centralized Water Governance to Farmer Water User Community. Resources 2017, 6, 44.

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