Tetra Tech is supporting the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) global portfolio and technical leadership on water security in Cambodia.

As a partner of the Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP) Leader with Associates (LWA) Program in Cambodia, Tetra Tech is providing cross-sectoral technical expertise to USAID/Cambodia and the Cambodian government on water security, capacity building, and strategic assessments. This project works to prioritize water security investments; implement field-based activities such as water supply improvements; create partnerships for leveraging resources to implement policy action plans; and share best practices and lessons learned from projects around the world.

In 2017 SWP commenced a stakeholder-driven water security improvement process in Cambodia. The four-year process will identify and support the implementation of key actions—including policy reform, public service delivery, water point supply improvements, and infrastructure rehabilitation—that build resilience to the growing risks of a changing climate in Cambodia. The process also examines how the changing climate affects their water resources and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) services. Focusing on the Stung Chinit river watershed, which flows into the Tonle Sap River in the Mekong basin and is one of Cambodia's major tributaries and a large trade route, Tetra Tech is engaging key Cambodian stakeholders in a participatory improvement process of policy reform and municipal governance planning to advance water security.

Through an environmental risk assessment, we are working to identify and prioritize key water security risks and vulnerabilities with cutting-edge, remote-sensing and watershed measurement and assessment tools adapted to the Cambodian and Mekong River Basin context. Based on the specific expectations outlined by each stakeholder group, we are analyzing potential impacts, outcomes, and trade-offs related to water availability and quality for different water management options and development trajectories. By identifying water security issues in the region, Tetra Tech is building resilience to priority risks and working to ensure water security solutions will withstand a range of possible scenarios.

We also are developing a learning agenda to inform and enhance water security programming in Cambodia through the use of proof of concept, evidence generation, structured learning, and knowledge sharing through media and in-person forums.

We work to improve inclusivity in stakeholder engagement and contribute to USAID’s technical leadership regarding gender and sustainable water management. Tetra Tech integrates gender into its approach for the design, implementation, and evaluation of all activities, increasing the understand of gender roles and relations in Cambodia’s sustainable water management process.

Our work will help safeguard access to adequate quantities of acceptable quality water for sustaining livelihoods, human well-being, socioeconomic development, and the protection of ecosystem services in Cambodia.