Report on the proceedings of workshop on the Global Water Conventions & Relevance for Cambodia (8-9 December, 2015, Phnom Penh, Cambodia)

On 8-9 December 2015, IUCN along with WWF, GIZ and Oxfam co-organised the “Workshop on Global Water Conventions & Relevance for Cambodia” in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.. The main objective of this workshop was to disseminate knowledge and to explore the potential benefits of the UN Watercourses Convention (UNWC) and the UNECE Water Convention for water governance in the Mekong basin, particularly their relevance to Cambodia. A broad cross-section of participants from Mekong countries, and specifically Cambodia, were involved, comprising: officials from Ministries of Cambodia; a representative of the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, Vietnam; officials from the Mekong River Commission (MRC); missions from partner/donor-countries; academia; and international as well as local non-government organisations (NGOs).

Recommended actions included: joint advocacy activities in order to promote the benefits of both conventions for lower Mekong countries; and NGOs undertaking to investigate processes required for Cambodia to accede to the UNWC.

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