Climate change, Mekong dams threaten world’s biggest inland fishery

One of the world's richest inland fishing grounds, Tonle Sap lake nourishes tens of millions of people. But climate change and dam construction are threatening livelihoods at the lake, as well as regional food security.

Water levels in Cambodia’s Tonle Sap hit historic lows for the third year in a row at the end of August, according to the Mekong Dam Monitor, a cooperative effort by the Washington-based Stimson Center and Eyes on Earth.

Though levels have started to creep up in the past week, they remain far below what they should be at this time of the year. Tonle Sap — Southeast Asia’s largest fresh water lake — ought to be full of water and fish.

“Once again, the Mekong’s wet season is experiencing anomalously low levels of rainfall,” Brian Eyler, director of the Southeast Asia program at the Stimson Center, told DW.

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