Cambodia has not yet attained full water security, the water resources minister said yesterday at an Asia-Pacific summit.
Minister of Water Resources Lim Kean Hor said at the Third Summit on Water Issues in Asia-Pacific that the kingdom has more work to do to ensure water security for all.
“Although water security in Cambodia is not yet fully secured, the risks have been reduced,” he said at the summit in Myanmar.
“The government of Cambodia still considers that water is one priority among four priority sectors to continue to develop further.”
Mr Kean Hor said that although Cambodia is rich in water resources, that does not guarantee water security.
“This does not mean that Cambodia is a country that has water security,” he said. “On the contrary, even in the last 20 years, Cambodia still faces the risk of water insecurity almost every year.”
“Cambodia will continue to participate more actively in the global and regional frameworks in cooperation with all stakeholders to continue to build sustainable management systems and develop water resources effectively for economic and social prosperity, both now and in the future,” he added.
Last week, the Japan International Cooperation Agency in Cambodia and the Ministry of Water Resources called on farmers to use water responsibly from nearby rivers to avoid shortages in the dry season.
Manabu Masuo, a JICA advisor, said on Friday his agency has been cooperating with the ministry to preserve water reserves in six areas in Cambodia to ensure the agricultural sector does not suffer water shortages.