A Life With REDD+

Cleaner Water, Healthier Futures: Solar Water Wells in Southern Cardamom

“In Cambodia, where rising temperatures have caused many of our water sources – such as rivers, ponds, and small brick wells – to dry up, the REDD+ Project’s provision of water couldn’t have come at a better time.”

By Scarlett Green   |   Southern Cardamom REDD+ Project

Water is essential for every living being. Humans can survive only for three days without water, making it vital for our existence. Beyond consumption, water is essential for hygiene, cooking, washing, and many other things. But what about unclean water? While one can survive drinking and using it for various factors, it comes at the cost of their health.

The accounts from community members in various villages highlight the pressing issue of water scarcity, particularly during the dry season. Community members would trek for miles to retrieve water from ponds shared with cattle and other animals. Consequently, the elderly and children frequently experienced health problems such as dehydration and stomach aches due to the consumption of unsafe water.

This is the reality for many rural villages in Cambodia, where health issues arise from the use of dirty and unsafe water. To address this major concern, the Southern Cardamom REDD+ Project has played a pivotal role in educating communities and providing essential facilities.

Through the Wildlife Alliance Southern Cardamom REDD+ Project, 20 solar water wells were installed in Dang Peng and 5 in Sovanna Baitong, leading to a significant improvement in livelihoods.


“The Southern Cardamom REDD+ Project has been invaluable to the community. In Cambodia, where rising temperatures have caused many of our water sources – such as rivers, ponds, and small brick wells – to dry up, the REDD+ Project’s provision of water couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s helping us navigate these challenging circumstances effectively.” – Sophany Touch, Wildlife Alliance Ecotourism and Community Development Project Manager


Since the construction and utilization of these solar water wells, the community members have received education on clean water and healthy habits, which has contributed to their improved quality of life.

By addressing water scarcity and promoting healthy practices, the Southern Cardamom REDD+ Project has not only improved livelihoods but also empowered communities to build sustainable futures. As efforts continue to ensure access to clean water for all, the invaluable impact of projects in safeguarding the well-being of communities and fostering resilience in the face of adversity remains imperative.

TOPICS:   A Life With REDD+,  Southern Cardamom REDD+ Project,  Cambodia,