CDIA Identifies 10 Sub-Projects to Improve Urban Environment in Cambodia

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CDIA has recently identified 10 sub-projects for possible investment following the completion of its pre-feasibility study (PFS) for the Second Tonle Sap Integrated Urban Environmental Management Project in 5 cities in Cambodia.

In line with the investment pipeline of the national government and linking to proposed financial support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the projects seek to address wastewater, solid waste, and recurring flood issues; build resilience against climate change impacts; and improve the overall environment in the cities of Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, Battambang, Serei Saophoan, and Stung Sen.

In consultation with the five towns, CDIA prepared short and medium term investment plans to identify priority wastewater, solid waste, drainage and flood management projects. These projects include wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) and combined sewer network in Kampong Chhnang; septage treatment plant, and eastern drainage in Pursat; solid waste management (SWM) for Battambang; WWTP and combined sewer network, and SWM in Serei Saophoan; and northern drainage, northern flood protection, WWTP and combined sewer network, and SWM in Stung Sen.

Currently, none of the cities considered for wastewater projects has an existing wastewater treatment system and presently all are subject to low levels of sanitation services. Likewise, in the cities considered for solid waste management improvement measures, existing services focus on basic waste collection and cleaning of public areas with very low levels of collection coverage for household waste and inadequate disposal practices.

The selected projects have a total capital cost of USD 54.3 million plus significant additional institutional development, capacity building and other vital project development support bringing the total estimated investment value to USD 70 million. When implemented, these projects are expected to directly benefit 365,300 people, of which 186,000 are women and 13,400 belong to poor households.

“Improving the environmental conditions in the five cities not only means restoring water quality to the Tonle Sap River and adjacent bodies of water but, critically, delivering better health outcomes for communities that will especially benefit women and children, plus improving safety and securing the livelihoods of people vulnerable to flooding,” said CDIA Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist Stuart King.


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