Guidelines complete on the division of asset responsibility between the Government and FWUCs.
Implementation of the guidelines to establish legal status of irrigation works and assigned rights has been demonstrated in the project provinces (as part of NWISP).
(a) The report on Institutional Arrangements for the Management of Water Resources in Cambodia (including review of MOWRAM''s organizational structure) was completed in February 2015.
(b) The report describes clearly the demarcation of responsibilities within MOWRAM for water resource management and irrigation service delivery. The report concludes that separation of responsibilities for water resource management and irrigation service delivery is clear under the present arrangements and department roles are well understood.' The report also makes recommendations for structures which would further strengthen separation.
Comprehensive O&M plan completed in October 2014 and integrated with Policy and Implementation Manual (including Guidelines) for O&M of Irrigation schemes. Plan implementation commenced from early 2014 and resulted in an MEF approved budget for 2015 of $8.0 million for O&M in 131 irrigation schemes. Training to support PDWRAMs for implementation of O&M undertaken in Q1 2015.
(a) Trainings delivered at provincial level in the project area (Battambang, Banteay Meancheay, Pursat and Kampong Thom) from 2012 to 2014 under Component C-Project loan. Trainings on O&M, budget preparation, accounting, climate change, CISIS, IWRM and gender issues conducted by CDTA. (b) TSC training courses were prepared in cooperation with FWUC Department. Training materials were updated to include new FWUC SD and new funding modality for FWUCs (referring to Guidelines for Sustainable FWUCs).
Traning plan has been adopted. 120 students, including 30% women, have been enrolled in four batchs starting from Sep 2011. The target of 100 students annually was over ambitious and was revised later on to 30 per year.
The FWUCs Sub-decree was approved on 12 March 2015.
River Basin Management Sub-decree was approved on 10 July 2015.
MOWRAM submitted the other two sub-decrees, relating to water quality and water licensing, to the Council of Ministers (COM) for approval on 2 December 2015. Since then, COM has held various meetings to review the sub-decrees and advised certain revisions. Both sub-decrees have now been finalized and are awaiting approval.
Report on Institutional Arrangements for the Management of Water Resources in Cambodia' identifies no coordination issues between CNMC, TSA & MOWRAM. Previously, the CNMC and the TSA were quite separate organizations, but now they are chaired by the MOWRAM Minister and operate under the same control and budgeting process as MOWRAM.
Coordination with RBCs is described in the recently approved RBM SD.
Stung Sen river basin committee is i formed.
The committee in other basin, Stung Sen River Basin, is also established. The first meeting of SSRBC was held in December 2014.
Overall implementation progress of the project loan, as of 30 June 2016, was 84% against an elapsed time of 72%. The construction of the 10 subprojects is almost complete, with final inspection conducted for all 10 subprojects.
FWUC formation and development registered a weighted progress of 73.1% for the three core subprojects (CSPs) and about 66.9% for the seven non-core subprojects (NCSPs). The overall weighted progress in FWUC formation and strengthening in all 10 subprojects was about 70.6%. By the end of last quarter, 11 FWUCs were been organized, four in the three CSPs and seven in the seven NCSPs.
The Program Management Office (PMO) finally submitted the draft specific service agreement between MOWRAM and the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning, and Construction (MLMUPC) regarding the land titling of farms in the irrigation schemes to the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) for the review and approval of the Procurement Review Committee (PRC) on 30 October 2015. The draft was the outcome of long and arduous negotiations between PMC and MLMUPC representatives.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) commenced implementation of the provision of agricultural extension services to farmers in the SPs in July 2015, upon signing of the specific agreement between MOWRAM and MAFF on 1 July 2015. Completed activities include the following: (i) conduct of five TOTs and 154 farmers' training courses; and (ii) establishment of 158 demonstration plots and 44 FFSs. The overall weighted physical implementation progress was about 42.56%. In the second quarter of 2016, MAFF completed 23 demonstration plots on chicken raising and 21 vegetable productions, and distributed fertilizer and deep water rice variety to 87 and 93 families in O Touk and Prasat Pram reservoir respectively. Additionally, 132 farmer-collaborators were selected from the 10 subprojects and each of them received 20 kg of rice seed for wet season demonstration and farmer field school.