Resilient Urban Centres and Surrounds (RUCaS)

Green urban street park
Battambang, Cambodia


The flood prone foreshore of the Sangkae River in Battambang

This vision for this case is a walkable cool line from the Sangkae River to Battambang’s historical railway station.

As Cambodia’s second largest city, Battambang is the economic hub in the country’s northwest region. The city has experienced significant population growth and urbanisation over the past 2 decades. A priority of the city is urban street and public space management, particularly the streets connecting the Sangkae River and the Battambang Royal Railway Station.

These streets host the city’s main commercial and government establishments. The area contains the Kampong Seima canal, which together with the river, service and Battambang’s major drainage and wastewater channels. Both water courses receive large amounts of untreated flood and wastewater.

The area around the station includes the productive Boeng Ra wetland, which is surrounded by large formal and informal settlements. The lack of effective drainage and wastewater treatment causes significant social and health problems for residents, particularly those in informal settlements who are disproportionately affected by flood and pollution.

The case study involves transforming a street in the heart of Battambang into a green urban street park that is:

  • ecologically supportive
  • thermally comfortable
  • climatically resilient
  • aesthetically pleasant
  • artistically interesting.

Battambang overall vision


What does a Water Sensitive City look like?

The CRCWSC has produced research, guidelines and
tools related to the following topics:

Integrated Urban Flood

Climate change


Economics and
business case

Flood resilience
Green Infrastructure
Urban heat