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Twenty-eight participants from four Cambodian cities and partners underwent a training course on sustainable wastewater management on 3-6 July 2017 in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. CDIA in partnership with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) delivered the course, which aimed to enhance the knowledge and skills of city staff involved in wastewater management.
His Excellency Vong Pisith, Deputy Director General of MPWT chaired the training; and provided an introduction to the urban sewerage management before Dr. Bunrith Seng facilitated the rest of the training. Personnel from the cities of Kampong Chnnang, Serei Saophoan, Stung Sen and Pursat attended the course, along with the director and several senior engineers from the Sewerage Management and Construction Department; and experts from the Global Green Growth Institute, and National Council for Sustainable Development of the Ministry of Environment.
Participants had the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of wastewater management, including treatment technologies, its operation and maintenance, and suitable application to each city context, among others. Practical knowledge was further gained through site visits to Sihanoukville wastewater treatment Plant-lagoon system, and the Cambrew wastewater treatment plant. With the topic on wastewater management becoming increasingly important for Cambodian cities, the course was well-received by participants who engaged actively throughout the course.
CDIA has recently completed project preparation studies (PPS) on wastewater management in cities around the Tonle Sap water basin, of which the four cities mentioned above were included. The training course was provided as part of CDIA’s assistance to the four cities to capacitate their city officials on the topic of wastewater management and facilitate an improved implementation of the wastewater management project.
CDIA, together with MPWT and GIZ-Cambodia are currently firming up plans for follow-up training activities on operation and maintenance, as well as public education and community preparation aspects.