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New dams on 3S rivers endanger survival of the Mekong

Plans to further dam the Sesan, Srepok and Sekong tributaries of the Mekong River risk food security and already endangered wildlife.

Another poor wet season endangers Cambodia’s biggest lake and its people

Climate change, unsustainable and illegal fishing and the proliferation of hydropower dams on rivers that feed Tonle Sap threaten the livelihoods of over one million Cambodians.

Is Cambodia’s thirst for sand putting communities and the Mekong at risk?

The Cambodian government is embarking on a number of ambitious development projects, which critics say come at the expense of the environment and people’s livelihoods.

What are the impacts of dams on the Mekong river?

The Mekong river feeds jungles, irrigates crops for tens of millions of people, and supports the Tonle Sap lake – the most productive inland fishery on the planet.

Cambodia embraces dirty energy fearing drought-driven shortages

Successive droughts in recent years have caused a power crisis in Cambodia, prompting the government to rapidly invest in and build coal and oil plants.

Interview: Pou Sothirak on protecting the Mekong and powering Cambodia

Cambodian academic and former politician Pou Sothirak talks about conservation, safeguarding the Mekong and Cambodia’s potential to transition to solar energy.

Cambodian farmers can no longer rely on the Tonle Sap lake

The seasonal flooding of Asia’s largest freshwater lake is being disrupted by upstream dams and climate change – and affecting 4.8 million people.