Water resources

Rivers and lakes

Government expedites land registration in Tonle Sap Zones

The government is establishing a commission to expedite land registrations in the Tonle Sap zones. It will handle registration for both state and private lands in a timely, accurate and effective manner. ...

Hang Punreay
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501438230/government-expedites-land-registration-in-tonle-sap-zones/

Govt, World Bank discuss water resources development

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology has asked the World Bank to develop a management plan for the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers to ensure water resources, improve flood prevention and restore vulnerable rivers. ...

Hang Punreay
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501367750/govt-world-bank-discuss-water-resources-development/

Mekong crisis calls for global response: official

Cambodia has called for enhanced international partnerships to tackle pressing issues in the Mekong basin, such as declining water levels, reduced fish stocks and the reverse flow into the Tonle Sap Lake. ...

Ry Sochan
https://phnompenhpost.com/national/mekong-crisis-calls-global-response-official

MRC releases 2022 report, identify ‘challenges’, outline achievements

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has released its annual report for 2022, which identifies the major transboundary challenges facing the Mekong River Basin while calling for continued cooperation for solutions. “The report documents our multiple achievements over the past year, as well as key challenges ...

Ry Sochan
https://phnompenhpost.com/national/mrc-releases-2022-report-identify-challenges-outline-achievements

First dead dolphin of the year, conservation worries rise

An Irrawaddy Dolphin was found dead on March 19, marking the first passing of the critically endangered species for the year 2023, and alarming conservationists over their potential extinction. ...

Teng Yalirozy
https://cambodianess.com/article/first-dead-dolphin-of-the-year-conservation-worries-rise

World Wetlands Day marked with calls to action

The Ministry of Environment and several institutions marked February 2, World Wetlands Day with an event that increased public awareness of the value and the role of wetlands and their current conditions. Presiding over the event in Battambang province, environment ministry secretary of state Srun ...

Post Staff
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/world-wetlands-day-marked-calls-action

Action plan set to safeguard Tonle Sap Lake

An inter-ministerial committee tasked with combating fisheries crimes at Tonle Sap Lake has issued a five-point action plan designed to preserve it as a natural resource for long-term public interests. The committee, led by Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Dith Tina, finalised the plan during ...

Rann Reuy
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/action-plan-set-safeguard-tonle-sap-lake

Dolphin population survey completed

The first freshwater dolphin identification survey of 2023 was conducted from January 12-17, with the participation of international experts from the Sarasota Dolphin Research Programme, the US Marine Mammal Commission, and the specialist groups that constitute the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species ...

Post Staff
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/dolphin-population-survey-completed

MRC members seek to address Mekong challenges

The four Mekong River Commission (MRC) member countries – Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam – and their partners China and Myanmar intend to call for new solutions to the tremendous changes facing the Mekong River Basin. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mrc-members-seek-address-mekong-challenges

12 protected Mekong turtles found dead during raid

A total of 12 rare Mekong turtles, threatened by demand for its meat, have been found dead after a raid on food stalls along National Road 5. ...

Meas Molika
https://kiripost.com/stories/12-protected-mekong-turtles-found-dead-during-raid

PM calls for conservation areas to protect dolphins

Prime Minister Hun Sen has urged for strengthening the population of Mekong dolphins and mega fish by building core conservation areas to protect the species in Kratie and Stung Treng under the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and provincial authorities. ...

Meas Molika
https://kiripost.com/stories/pm-calls-for-conservation-areas-to-protect-dolphins

Greed for land consumes lakes, forests: Environment 2022

Timber, monkeys, orchids, sand: Cambodia’s protected areas and natural resources continue to be a lucrative source of income, in spite of all the promises (and international funding) to protect them. Above all else, the hunger for land has consumed Cambodians and foreigners alike, triggering a constant ...

Danielle Keeton-Olsen
https://vodenglish.news/greed-for-land-consumes-lakes-forests-environment-2022/

Mekong conservation heroes recognised

Six Cambodian conservationists have been recognized as “Mekong Conservation Heroes” by the Wonders of the Mekong project for their environmental activities. Their actions include work on endangered species such as the Irrawaddy dolphin, Mekong giant catfish, and giant softshell turtle, as well as outreach and ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mekong-conservation-heroes-recognised

TEN Network receives ‘widespread’ support

The private sector considers the establishment of the “Tonle Sap Eco-Tourism Network” proposed by Minister of Tourism Thong Khon, and known as the TEN Network, as an important step in attracting national and international tourists to explore the potential of the Tonle Sap Lake. ...

Post Staff
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ten-network-receives-widespread-support

New Tonle Sap eco-tourism network to be established soon

The “Tonle Sap Eco-Tourism Network” will be established on the occasion of the 3rd National Ecotourism Forum on November 21 and 22 2023, said Minister of Tourism Thong Khon, on October 27, at the closing ceremony for a workshop on the establishment of the forum, ...

Keo Kereya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/new-tonle-sap-eco-tourism-network-be-established-soon

Rosy official forecasts fail to lift freshwater fishermen’s hopes

While river fishermen are claiming to have had smaller catches this season, experts are predicting that this year’s freshwater fish yields will be double that of previous years. Heng Kong, director of the Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institute at the Fisheries Administration (FiA), predicted that ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/rosy-official-forecasts-fail-lift-freshwater-fishermens-hopes

GDP calls for public disclosure on Tamouk Lake development

The Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) has urged the relevant ministries and institutions, especially the government, to present the blueprint for the development of Tamouk Lake to the public and to respect the rights of those living along it. ...

Hang Punreay
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501154472/gdp-calls-for-public-disclosure-on-tamouk-lake-development/

Lancang-Mekong Cooperation: Countries along the river enhance water resources collaboration

The Lancang-Mekong River has nurtured China and Southeast Asian nations, bringing them closer together. As the world faces frequent extreme weather, China is working to enhance cooperation with its neighbors for a better shared future. Yang Jinghao reports. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501146584/lancang-mekong-cooperation-countries-along-the-river-enhance-water-resources-collaboration/

Kampi village: Home to the endangered freshwater dolphins

The Mekong Dolphin Pleasance of Kampi village is a nature tourism destination located along the Mekong River in Kratie province. Tourists have the opportunity to witness breath-taking scenes as rare freshwater dolphins dance and swim in pairs—mother and child, sister and brother—along the surface of ...

Zul Rorvy
https://cambodianess.com/article/kampi-village-home-to-the-endangered-freshwater-dolphins

Authorities reclaim 65,000 hectares of flooded forest

About 65,000 hectares of flooded forest around the Tonle Sap Lake have been reclaimed, with 5,000 families relocated, to prevent further encroachment, according to the spokesman for the Ministry of Land Management. ...

Mao Sreypich
https://kiripost.com/stories/authorities-reclaim-65000-hectares-of-flooded-forest

Stung Chinit Dam to be completed this year

The long-haul construction of Stung Chinit Dam, started in 2004, is reported to be completed by this year. Yo La, Director of Kampong Thom Provincial Department of Water Resources and Meteorology, told local news on 30 July that the construction of the dam, headed by ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501123357/stung-chinit-dam-to-be-completed-this-year/

City Hall starts rebuilding road after Chroy Changva riverbank collapse

Phnom Penh officials said they will begin reconstructing a road that collapsed into the Tonle Sap River in Chroy Changva district earlier this year, another instance of the riverbank collapsing due to erosion. ...

Roun Ry
https://vodenglish.news/city-hall-starts-rebuilding-road-after-chroy-changva-riverbank-collapse/

Farmers feel the pressure after conservation crackdown around Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake

Bat Savoeun claims he has Prime Minister Hun Sen’s signoff to farm his 2 hectares of land in Prek Tabaek village, on the edge of the swelling Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia’s Pursat province. ...

Danielle Keeton-Olsen and Ly Vouch Long
https://news.mongabay.com/2022/07/farmers-feel-the-pressure-after-conservation-crackdown-around-cambodias-tonle-sap-lake/

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