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CDIA Attends the PolyUrbanWaters International Symposium

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Urban Development Specialist Brian Capati and Communications and Outreach Specialist An Rubenecia were invited to the PolyUrbanWaters’ International Symposium organized by Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (BORDA) on 14-17 March 2023 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. 

Themed, “Polycentric Approaches to the Management of Urban Waters,” the event provided a platform to present and discuss the results of the baseline assessments and strategic options for water sensitive development in Sleman, Indonesia; Kratie, Cambodia; and Sam Neua, Lao PDR. The initiatives were supported by PolyUrbanWaters group. 

PolyUrbanWaters is a research and project network funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) consisting of academic institutions, municipalities, government agencies, civil society and private sector from Indonesia, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, Vietnam and Germany. It is one of the initiatives under the Sustainable Development of Urban Regions (SURE) research program. 

Key symposium highlights included presentations of research findings in the three cities and discussions on how the assessments can be used by local governments in their planning and infrastructure development processes.  

Various educational institutions and practitioners also provided insights on governance challenges in fostering green and water-sensitive urban transformation, wastewater management, and building local capacities toward water-sensitive urban development, among others. Aside from site visits to learn from the experience of Siem Reap City in implementing green urban initiatives, the symposium also enabled the cities to learn and apply the processes they need to undertake in planning toward a water-sensitive urban development.  

CDIA contributed to the various discussions, drawing attention to institutional needs assessment, land availability for nature-based solutions, awareness raising measures, city-to-city learning, and public-private partnership modality for wastewater management. 

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