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Water resources

Rivers and lakes

House collapses into river, others removed

One home collapsed into the Tonle Bassac river on Saturday in Kandal’s Sa’ang district, while two others are at risk of collapse and eight others had to be dismantled and moved across the road, away from the riverbank, officials said yesterday. ...

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Touch Sokha
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/house-collapses-river-others-removed

Japan wades in on Tonle Sap algae

The Japan International Cooperation Agency has agreed to oversee a project to help recover water quality in the Tonle Sap lake in response to the appearance of a large bloom of algae. ...

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Pav Suy
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/36423/japan-wades-in--on-tonle-sap-algae/

Mekong riverbanks to be restored

Mines Ministry officials yesterday announced a project to shore up sections of the Mekong river affected by erosion that threatens families in Kandal province’s Mok Kampol district. ...

 

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Ros Chanveasna
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/36333/mekong-riverbanks-to-be-restored/

Floating villages to be grounded

A government minister has sounded the death knell for Tonle Sap picturesque floating villages after outlining a long-term plan to rehome all those living on the lake. Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon yesterday told Khmer Times he wants to relocate thousands of families living on the lake to improve their livelihoods. ...

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Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/36334/floating-villages-to-be-grounded/

Laos’ Pak Beng dam proposal under scrutiny

Members of Mekong River Commission and civil society groups will be heading to Luang Prabang in Laos to attend the regional stakeholder meeting on Wednesday to discuss Laos’ proposal to build a third dam on the Mekong mainstream, the Pak Beng. ...

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Leakhena Sreng
http://www.voacambodia.com/a/lao-pak-beng-dam-proposal-under-scrunity/3733702.html

NGOs slam the new Mekong dam

Environmental organizations and civil society groups have expressed concern at plans to build another dam along the Mekong River in Laos and asked the Lao government to suspend the project due to the effects it will have on communities, water flow and fishery resources in Cambodia. In addition,  water resources and hydropower researcher Oeurng Chantha said the governments along the Mekong had a duty to study the technical, economic and social impacts of dams on local residents and hydrology changes before approving any project. ...

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Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/35615/ngos-slam-the-new-mekong-dam/

Neighbouring villages share dredging worries

Locals in Siem Reap province’s Kralanh district and Banteay Meanchey’s Preah Netr Preah district yesterday alleged that a sand-dredging company is polluting a river that straddles the two districts and stoking fears of bank collapse. ...

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Khouth Sophak Chakrya
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/neighbouring-villages-share-dredging-worries

River of change: Hydropower dams and the Mekong River’s uncertain future

From the snowy plateaus of Tibet to the mountain gorges of China’s Yunnan province and beyond to the jungled borders of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and down to the plains of Cambodia and paddy fields of Vietnam – the Mekong River is of crucial importance to tens of millions of people. China has built six hydropower dams on the Mekong - known as the Lancang River to the Chinese. Laos is currently building two dams in Xayaburi and Don Sahong, and has plans for seven more, and it is estimated that scores of dams have been built or are planned on tributaries of the Mekong in Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Many have warned of the negative consequences of hydropower dams as they change the natural flow of rivers, alter sediment deposits, where fish swim, live and spawn, and even the temperature of water. ...

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Ten Soksreinith
http://www.voacambodia.com/a/river-of-change-hydropower-dams-and-the-mekong-river-uncertain-future/3436827.html

Irrigation in Mekong basin threatens VN’s delta

The lower basin of the trans-boundary Mekong River starts from Laos and runs through Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam before emptying into the East Sea (South China Sea). Any attempts to interrupt the natural status of the river would pose risks to Viet Nam’s Cuu Long (Mekong) delta where more than 17 million people rely on the river for a living. ...

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VietNamNet Bridge Team
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/environment/160889/irrigation-in-mekong-basin-threatens-vn-s-delta.html

Tonle Sap wetland on the brink of a crisis

In a statement last week, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature identified ongoing fires in flooded forests as a major threat to the Tonle Sap lake. ...

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Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon
http://m.phnompenhpost.com/national/tonle-sap-wetland-brink-crisis?utm_content=buffer27079&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

A watery problem and solution

According to a 2013 United Nations Environmental Protection report, a water hyacinth plant releases more than 3,000 seeds every year and, because its roots are floating, it does not need to be in shallow water to survive. Water hyacinth has moved rapidly across South America, parts of the United States, Africa and Asia, and seems to have found a happy home in Cambodia, especially on the northern edge of the Tonle Sap. ...

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Khmer Time Stuff
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/26219/a-watery-problem-and-solution/

Government says Kep water safe; tourists pour back in

After issuing a public health warning earlier this month for Kep province due to an algal bloom in the coastal water, the government on Friday lifted its precautionary ban on swimming, fishing and eating seafood in the province, according to a statement. ...

 

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Kang Sothear and Hannah Hawkins
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/government-says-kep-water-safe-tourists-pour-back-in-111115/

Mekong dams’ annual impact put at $450M

A 30-month study by Vietnamese researchers on the impact of 11 proposed hydroelectric dams in the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) has found that the economic damage to Cambodia alone will be worth some $450 million per year. ...

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Igor Kossov
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mekong-dams-annual-impact-put-450m

Residents, activists call for city to stop filling in lakes

Protesters from Phnom Penh’s lakeside communities spent an hour facing off with police on Thursday on a road on the former Boeng Kak lake before turning around and taking a different route to the National Assembly, where they demanded an end to the infilling and development on the city’s remaining lakes. ...

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Sek Odom
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/residents-activists-call-for-city-to-stop-filling-in-lakes-110715/

Centre in China to aid Mekong management

The governments of China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam have agreed to set up a centre in China where the six countries can work together to find solutions to water resource management problems, the Mekong River Commission said in a statement released yesterday. ...

 

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Igor Kossov
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/centre-china-aid-mekong-management

No great hopes for China's Mekong release

Though praised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China’s release of Mekong River water from the Jinghong dam on March 15 is unlikely to bring much relief to downstream countries like Cambodia, water experts said yesterday. ...

 

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Igor Kossov
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/no-great-hopes-chinas-mekong-release

Mekong diversion under way in Thailand

The Thai government’s planned diversion of billions of cubic metres of water from the Mekong River, described last week by a Thai Ministry of Water Resources representative as being as far as two years away, has already begun. ...

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Igor Kossov
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mekong-diversion-under-way-thailand

Forecast stormy for Mekong, commission says

With the threat of climate change, a long-lasting drought, and contentious dam construction in Laos, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) has its work cut out for the rest of the year. Composed of delegates from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, the MRC is in charge of managing the river that provides livelihoods and power for much of Southeast Asia. Several delegates said yesterday that the organization will face challenges in the years ahead.  ...

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Jonathan Cox
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/19880/forecast-stormy-for-mekong--commission-says/

Illegal land sales denied in Kandal

A Kandal province businessman yesterday denied involvement in illegal land transactions after villagers in Khsach Kandal district last week alleged he illegally bought and filled parts of a seasonal lake used for communal fishing and farming. ...

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Khouth Sophak Chakrya
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/illegal-land-sales-denied-kandal

City seeks to halt land sales at Boeung Trabek

Municipal officials said yesterday that they would take steps to combat what they said was the unlawful occupation of portions of Boeung Trabek lake, which the city hopes to clear out to restore its ability to hold rainwater and reduce flooding. ...

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Niem Chheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/city-seeks-halt-land-sales-boeung-trabek

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