3 October 2023
Vision building process in Krong Kratié started
When the PolyUrbanWaters team arrived in Kratié, a massive storm front was building up, which eventually led to widespread flooding in the city. Accordingly, the city and Sangkat representatives were focused on addressing the need for effective flood protection.
During the vision-building workshop, examples from the region were used to discuss initial approaches on how the city’s wetlands and lake area in particular can be
systematically integrated into the development of green infrastructure.
In Cambodia, the discussion on how to address the increasing flood events is intensifying. In Kratie, too, a few projects have already been started to manage the
water flows through improved infrastructure, especially during the flooding season. For example, work is already underway on the so-called ‘White Bridge Channel’, which will enable an improved water flow to the lake area.
However, it became clear during the workshop that a coherent picture of the flooding situation and its relevant influencing factors is still missing among local stakeholders and local authorities. The base-line study has raised awareness of the importance of wetlands for the flooding regime. Nevertheless, a more detailed understanding is now needed to identify and implement appropriate measures.
The workshop also showed that the question of what sustainable wastewater management can look like is still open. Plans for a central wastewater plant with a
lagoon system still require technical specifications. The question of long-term management and financial viability are also still unresolved.
The relevance of decentralised wastewater management is obvious, especially in the outer areas of the sangkats. Here, targeted technical measures for the treatment of wastewater in hotspots, such as the slaughterhouse and the establishment of an
efficient sludge management system, are identified as priority tasks.
All in all, it became clear during the workshop that a comprehensive approach to water management challenges, such as the approach taken by PolyUrbanWaters, is new to the local stakeholders. It is also new that both the analysis and the identification of solutions are found in participatory processes.
It is obvious that the vision building workshop that has now taken place should be a kick-off to a longer capacity building process.