Water professionals join EWB's ten-day Cambodian study tour in January 2016. A great professional development opportunity for people interested in water resources management and international development.

As water professionals working in a globalised economy, we need to consider how the decisions we make impact  water, biodiversity and social capital.

Cambodia has a population of 15 million people, with 80% living in rural areas. The Tonle Sap Lake and the Mekong River are the lifeblood for the Cambodian people and the nation’s biodiversity. But Cambodia is under threat from increasing urban migration and climate change predictions of flooding, droughts and associated energy shortages. Securing investment capital for large infrastructure activities such as wastewater treatment and coping with population pressures on food and water resources in a country where over eight million people practice open defecation and six million don’t have access to clean drinking water poses some huge challenges.

The Water Professionals Study Tour will enable participants to analyse technical and problem solving approaches to deeply complex issues. Tour participants will take away life-long learnings that will impact their professional practice and how they look at water challenges.

Can I earn CPD points by participating?

If you are currently working towards Engineers Australia Chartered Professional requirements or are maintaining your existing Chartered Status, participation in the tour offers you the opportunity to earn over 50 CPD hours. If you wish to use the CPD hours to contribute towards accreditation from a different professional body, EWB is happy to discuss this with you directly.

Floating Community Representative Ms Orn LayIm and Live & Learn WASH Officer Ms Hong Sodaneath. Photo: Rob Hughes, 2011

Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia. Photo: Max Shapria, 2010



Detailed indicative itinerary

Planning for the tour is ongoing and this itinerary may be subject to change.

5 January
Arrive in Phnom Penh and check in to your hotel. Meet your fellow study tour participants and EWB facilitators.
6 January
Gain an appreciation of Cambodian history, language, culture and customs. Get to know fellow tour participants and equip yourself with the skills to make the most of your time in this diverse country.
7 January

Gain a contextual understanding of Cambodian water resources from local and international experts who share their unique perspectives. Followed by site visits to municipal water treatment, stormwater and wastewater facilities around Phnom Penh. Spend the evening cruising the Mekong River and networking with local and international water professionals.

8 January
Attend a seminar delivered by local NGOs on urban migration and water resources, which will provide the opportunity to delve into challenges of managing water resources in growing urban areas. Then spend time exploring examples of urban settlements and developments with controversial impacts on water resources.
9 January
Leave Phnom Penh and travel to Kratie township, located on the Mekong River, to gain an appreciation of the challenges facing regional infrastructure developments.
10 January
Visit Kratie province water, sanitation and agriculture projects with local organisations. Take a boat ride on the Mekong River and hopefully spot endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. Spend time with a local family to gain  a first-hand understanding of the impact of water on livelihoods, and share their home for the night.
11 January
Bid farewell to your homestay family and travel to Siem Reap via chartered bus.

12 January
Discover the thousand-year-old Angkorian hydrological system and influences of the Khmer Rouge regime on irrigation systems.
13 January
Take the morning to explore Angkor heritage park or Siem Reap township. The afternoon offers an opportunity to view water and wastewater infrastructure on a visit hosted by Siem Reap authorities.
14th January
Discover the Tonle Sap Lake, the largest and most productive freshwater ecosystem in South East Asia. Experience floating villages and learn from local NGOs working with communities to access water, sanitation and sustainable livelihoods.
15 January
Attend the program wrap up to consolidate learnings, share your reflections and develop ways to incorporate these experiences into your professional work context.
16 January
Travel home or stay on to spend further time independently exploring Cambodia.


To find out more
Contact Joli Price
via email or on +61 3 8582 1866.


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