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Four lecturers from ITC-GRU attended the workshop on geoscience supporting risk management, water an

Dr. Heng Sokchhay, Dr. Doung Ratha, Dr. Ly Sarann and Mr. Lun Sambo, lecturer/researcher from Department of Rural Engineering (GRU), Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC), on 12 March 2016, attended the CCOP-VIETADAPT-MME Workshop on “Geoscience supporting risk management, water and food security”. The workshop was conducted at Sokha Angkor Resport, Siem Reap. The workshop was organized by Technical Secretariat of Cooperating Committee for Geoscience Programmes (CCOP), in cooperation with the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK), VIETADAPT Project and the General Department of Mineral Resources, Ministry of Mines and Energy of Cambodia (MME). There was also participation from researchers and experts from Finland, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam. The aim of the meeting is to identify possibilities for geosciences to support South and South-East Asian societies in safeguarding water and food resources.

This workshop presents the results of some ongoing projects that have assessed such risks to natural and agricultural resources. The workshop covers three main topics: (1) geoscience and food security, (2) vulnerability analyses for water supply and (3) climate change adaptation for water resource management. Representing ITC-GRU and Cambodia, Mr. Lun Sambo made a presentation of his research results in Session 1: geoscience and food security. The title of his presentation is “Can groundwater secure drinking-water supply and supplementary irrigation in new settlements of North-West Cambodia”. Since it is a single topic talking about groundwater in Cambodia, the presentation attracted many audience and this led to a very active discussion after Mr. Lun Sambo’s speech. Other resource persons shared similar experiences from their country. In the closing ceremony, Dr. Adichat Surinkum, CCOPTS Director, remarked that we should integrate groundwater issue into water resources management policies. Shortly, this one-day meeting brought many new idea/knowledge to participants and further studies on groundwater-related field in Cambodia might come up in the near future. If it is the case, the risk on water and food security in Cambodia in the future could be maintained at minimum.

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