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Cambodia’s Elites Swallow Up Phnom Penh’s Lakes

Courtesy of Mongabay, a report on how Cambodia’s lakes are being quickly filled in and sold as real estate projects: Lakes in Phnom Penh are fast being filled in and parceled off as prime real estate to wealthy and politically connected individuals. Families who have for generations fished and practiced aquaculture on the lakes and […]

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Will the Mekong River Really Become the Next South China Sea?

Via The Diplomat, a look – amid competition between China and the U.S. – at how the question of the river’s fate has been imbued with a strategic undercurrent: In recent years, the fate of Southeast Asia’s great river – the Mekong – has attracted growing international scrutiny. The Mekong faces many challenges, from the […]

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Cambodian Mega Dam’s Resurrection: ‘The Beginning of The End’ for Mekong?

Via Mongabay, commentary on a Cambodian mega dam’s resurrection on the Mekong which some see as ‘the beginning of the end’: A long-dormant plan to build a mega dam on the mainstream of the Mekong River in Cambodia’s northeastern Stung Treng province appears to have been revived this year, leaving locals immediately downstream of the […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China Is Choking Off Asia’s Most Important River

Via Foreign Policy, a report on the impact that upstream dams are having on the Mekong Basin: It’s a March afternoon in Kampong Khleang, and the boats keep coming down a muddy river leading from the Tonle Sap lake, docking to unload their haul, stilt houses casting shadows up the bank. The boats are battered […]

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Slow Death of Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake

Via The Diplomat, a report on the slow death of Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake: For centuries, detailed descriptions to the Tonle Sap have filled the reports and journals penned by foreign visitors to Cambodia. Can you describe what has prompted this attention? What is unique about Cambodia’s “Great Lake”? When you look back at these […]

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Tonle Sap: On the Debt, Drought and Politics of Cambodia’s Most Important Lake

Via Third Pole, an interview on Tonle Sap lake: Over the past three decades, Southeast Asia’s largest lake has declined precipitously. For centuries, the flooding of the Mekong would reverse the course of the river, causing Tonle Sap lake to swell up to six times its dry season size and creating what was once the […]

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