Dr Chem Phalla

Dr Chem Phalla

Acting Research director

Dr Chem Phalla holds a PhD in Water Resources Management (University of Sydney), a Master of Engineering in Hydrology and Water Resources (University of South Australia), and a rural engineering degree (Institute of Technology of Cambodia).
Phalla is Acting Director of Research at CDRI. Since joining CDRI in 2006, he has worked as a senior researcher and led various large projects including a five-year Water Resources Management Capacity Development Program 2006-11 and a four-year project on Improving Water Governance and Climate Change Adaptation in Cambodia 2012-15.
Some selected publications:
Chem Phalla. “Improved Water Security Increases Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change.” Cambodia Development Review 18 (2015): 6-11.

Chem Phalla and Kim Sour. “Climate Change: Vulnerability, Adaptive Capacity and Water Governance in the Tonle Sap Basin.” Annual Development Review 2013-14, 115-128. Phnom Penh: CDRI, 2014.

Chem Phalla and So Sovannarith. “Climate Change and Water Governance in Cambodia.” Cambodia Development Review 16 (2013): 1-4: 23.

Chem Phalla. Integrated Catchment Management and Irrigation Development: The Role of Hydrological Analysis in Improved Water Governance in Cambodia. School of Geoscience, Faculty of Science, University of Sydney. Phnom Penh: CDRI, 2013.

Chem Phalla, Philip Hirsch and Someth Paradis. Hydrological Analysis in Support of Irrigation Management: A Case Study of Stung Chrey Bak Catchment, Cambodia. CDRI Working Paper Series No. 59. Phnom Penh: CDRI, 2011.

Chem Phalla and Someth Paradis. Use of Hydrological Knowledge and Community Participation for Improving Decision-Making on Irrigation Water Allocation. CDRI Working Paper Series No. 49. Phnom Penh: CDRI, 2011.

Chem Phalla and Someth Paradis. “Participatory Learning and Action Research for Improving Irrigation Management in a Catchment Context.” Annual Development Review, 159-173. Phnom Penh: CDRI, 2011.

Chem Phalla and David Craig. “Water Resources Management in Cambodia: History and Current Challenges.” Cambodia Development Review 12 (2008): 5-8.


Working Paper No. 97 ‘Methods and Tools Applied for Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment in Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Basin’

Covers gap analysis of national knowledge and understanding of the impacts of climate change on water resources; appropriateness and applicability of V&A assessment methods and tools in Cambodia, and recommendations on methods and tools for conducting V&A assessments in the target, catchments in Kompong Chhnang, Pursat and Kompong Thom provinces. KIM Sour, Dr CHEM Phalla, SO Sovannarith, Dr KIM Sean Somatra and Dr PECH Sokhem (2014) Methods and Tools Applied for Climate Change ...

Author: - July , 2017


Working Paper No. 48, August 2010 Empirical Evidence of Irrigation Management in the Tonle Sap Basin. Issues and Challenges:

This paper was part of the Water Resources Management Research Capacity Development Programme (WRMRCDP). This research brought to light a number of issues to do with water management such as coordination between actors, both physical and economical scarcity of water, water allocation within and between spheres, farmer participation, project evaluation and planning and the emergence of private schemes. Through such issues the research team identified three themes: governance, economic and phy ...

Author: - September , 2017