SEI is collaborating with The Asia Foundation (TAF) and Winrock to integrate gender and poverty considerations with water security planning. Focused on the Stung Chinit basin in Cambodia, this project will create a poverty framework for the region and incorporate it into a water resources model using SEI’s Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) software.
This work seeks to explore how sustainable water management can happen in tandem with efforts to achieve social equality, economic growth, and poverty reduction – and thus ensure access to water for all. It will feed into an ongoing effort under the USAID Sustainable Water Partnership to improve water security in Stung Chinit, lead by Winrock.
The analysis uses the Dimensions of Poverty Framework developed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to characterize poverty dimensions and gender inequalities, describe the contexts surrounding poverty, and incorporate these aspects into a water resources model for the Stung Chinit basin.
This study finds that water management is a larger threat to rice and ecosystems than the warming temperatures of climate change.
Preliminary findings suggest poverty and gender affect access to water for the home, agriculture and fishing.
An innovative water management exercise fostered hands-on learning in Cambodia at a workshop held through the Sustainable Water Partnership.