Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake: where fishermen have no fish and no hope

The body of water, which relies on the Mekong reversing its flow to replenish supplies, provides most the country’s protein production. But overfishing and climate change threaten life on the lake.

As far as bodies of water go, Cambodia is mostly known for the Mekong River. It provides fish and transport for millions of people and has become a romantic locale within Indochina.

But there’s another body of water, 130km north of Phnom Penh, that deserves just as much attention.

The Tonle Sap Lake, whose annual flood cycle is a crucial part of the Cambodian ecosystem, is buckling under the weight of climate change and unsustainable fishing practices.

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