The Australian Embassy has donated its national water-modelling platform, eWater Source, to the Cambodian government as part of the nation’s ongoing support for sustainable water management throughout the Mekong region.
eWater Source is Australia’s national hydrological modelling platform and will assist the Cambodian Government to better understand the availability of water resources throughout the country.
The platform will also provide a stronger evidence base on which to make decisions about the development of water infrastructure and the allocation of water for a range of users – cities and towns, farming and freshwater fisheries, hydropower and industry.
During the handover ceremony, Australian Ambassador to Cambodia Pablo Kang said: “We are pleased to share an important Australian innovation – the eWater Source platform – with our neighbours and friends in Cambodia because doing so will help ensure water governance is based on solid evidence and can contribute to Cambodia’s post-COVID recovery.”
Water Resources and Meteorology Minister Lim Kean Hor said: “The sustainable manage of Cambodia’s precious water resources is crucial to support the socio-economic development of our cities and of our growing agriculture and energy sectors, while preserving our unique environment.”
Australia has been supporting Cambodian and other Southeast Asian countries to strengthen the management of shared water resources since the 1990s.