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This study investigates the gap between the ideal principles of Integrated Catchment Management (ICM) and the actual degree of current cooperation to identify ways in which ICM can be effectively integrated into Cambodia’s water policy within the framework of decentralisation and deconcentration. This research was carried out in a single catchment, Stung Chrey Bak, located in Tuek Phos and Rolea Bier districts in Kampong Chhnang province. The research team employed a qualitative approach using various data collection techniques. The findings of this study reveal that a system of multi-level governance bodies, which serves to manage and administer cross-boundary issues, exists in Cambodia at commune, district and provincial levels. However, this system is not effective enough to meet the requirements of a River Basin Committee as specified by ICM theory.

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Field Value
Document type Issue and policy briefs
Language of document
  • English
  • Decentralization and deconcentration
  • Irrigation and water management
  • Rivers and lakes
  • Water policy and administration
  • Water resources
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Cambodia
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Version / Edition 1.0
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CDRI 56 Street 315, Tuol Kork PO Box 622, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (855-23) 881-384/881-701/881-916/883-603/012 867-278 (855-23) 880-734 E-mail: Website:

Author (individual) Bandeth, Ros
Co-author (individual) Ly Tem; Thompson, Anna
Publication place Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Publisher Cambodia Development Research Institute (CDRI)
Publication date 2011
Pagination 4 p.
General note

This policy brief is based on the CDRI working paper by Ros Bandeth, Ly Tem and Anna Thompson (forthcoming): “Catchment Governance and Cooperation Dilemman: A Case Study from Cambodia”.

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Date modified December 1, 2015, 13:31 (UTC)