Under GEF-funded Life and Nature project, FAO-UN in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment (MOE) organized a three-day TOT training on watershed management in Empress Hotel, Siem Reap province from 22-24 March 2016 for 43 participants (9 women), including the representatives from government line department and project team members.

TOT training on watershed management in Siem Reap,
TOT training on watershed management in Siem Reap,

Mr. Kim Nong, national project director and deputy director general of MOE presided over the opening session. He strongly encouraged the participants to link concept what they have learned from the training to real practice they will do in the field. Mr. Min Bunnara, watershed management expert and was also the trainer of this training facilitated and managed the whole training process. Following the opening speech, the trainer briefly described rational background, objectives, expected outputs, key training topics, as well as expectation of the training for all participants, then self-introduction conducted, followed by setting up of the ground rule.

Participatory and adult learning methods applied, which provided room for the participants to learn and share their knowledge and experience with each other. Training methods such as presentation, group work and presentation, plenary discussion, video clip presentation, question and answer forum used in the training. Watershed management issues in the lower Mekong Basin countries were raised as examples to give big pictures of the watershed issues in the region. Additionally, ice breaker games were also used to generate effective learning environment and active participation from the participants.

The training covered different topics such as watershed definition, watershed function, watershed concept and principles, policies, watershed elements, water cycle, climate change concept, gender integration into watershed, agriculture and watershed, upstream-downstream transboundary issues, participation and key stakeholders in the watershed, watershed issue, and watershed planning. National agronomist, gender and livelihood expert, and M&E expert facilitated 3 training sessions on climate change, integration of gender in the watershed management and key stakeholder involvement in the watershed.

Participants from different government line departments attended the training

By the end of the training, based on the result of the training evaluation and impression of the participants, it is able to conclude that the training is very useful for the participants to understand the training topics. Process and step of establishing the watershed management committee as well as involvement of key stakeholders in the watershed clearly discussed during the training. This would enable them to disseminate what they have learned to other colleagues and beneficiaries in the project’s target areas. The participants raised that all training topics are much relevant to their work, this would enable them to bring lessons learned into real practice in the field. The training concluded by Dr. Stacy Crevello with the closing remarking and delivering of the training certificates to all participants in the happy environment.