Officials with the Cambodian and Thai National Mekong Committees during a Steering Committee meeting in Bangkok last week agreed on key measures to mitigate risks of natural disasters.
The measures are part of a project to better understand and manage water resource development and management to address economic and social challenges in the two countries.
In a press release issued yesterday, the two countries selected five priorities for the project. These priorities include a flood and drought mitigation master plan for the 9C/9T sub-basin, an urban flood and drought management plan for Poipet city in Cambodia and Aranhpathet town in Thailand, database management on flood and drought, hydromet network improvements, and regional capacity building on flood and drought management.
Ponh Sachak, a secretary of state at the Water Resources and Meteorology Ministry, said Cambodia appreciates Thailand for understanding the importance of bringing up challenges and working together.
“This could help our countries work better to address water resource management challenges,” Mr Sachak said.
Somkiat Prajamwong, secretary-general of Thailand’s Office of National Water Resources, said both countries have identified common issues and shared similar understanding on water resource development challenges.
“We believe this mechanism will help us work better in dealing with both floods and droughts,” he said.
According to the Mekong River Commission, the joint project was launched in May last year and it will run until December 2021.
It noted that it was financed by German development agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit on behalf of the German Federal Ministry Cooperation, as part of the MRC-Germany cooperation.
Bertrand Meinier, cooperation programme director of the MRC-GIZ, said Germany acknowledges the achievement of the assessment and planning exercise of this joint project.
“We’re committed to furthering our support in this concrete measure for transboundary cooperation among MRC member countries,” Mr Meinier said.