Rivers and lakes
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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, ...
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
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. ...
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
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 ...
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. ...
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
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. ...
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
MRC unveils monitoring station in Laos’ north near Myanmar
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) on March 31 unveiled the first water-level monitoring station near the top of the Lower Mekong River Basin, in Long district of Laos’ Luang Namtha province. ...