Water resources

Rivers and lakes

Officials to meet on Mekong crisis as fishing communities suffer

On Cambodia’s Tonle Sap, record low water levels have plunged fishing communities into crisis but with warnings of “severe drought”, there are concerns the situation will get even worse.​ ...

Leonie Kijewski
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/11/officials-meet-mekong-crisis-fishing-communities-suffer-191125070104119.html

Kampong Cham riverbank collapse affects commune administration hall

Around 50 metres of riverbank on Saturday collapsed in Kampong Cham province’s Kampong Cham city and has affected a commune administration hall building. Provincial Governor Un Chanda, who inspected the collapse site in Veal Vong commune, on Saturday said he had ordered officials to tackle ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50660666/kampong-cham-riverbank-collapse-affects-commune-administration-hall/

Cambodia's lifeline threatened as Mekong recedes to historic low

As world leaders meet in New York from Monday to discuss the global challenge of climate change, thousands of kilometres away people in Cambodia are grappling with dramatic changes to the country’s ecosystem, including the lowest water levels in the crucially-important Mekong River ever recorded. The United Nations ...

Andrew Nachemson
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/cambodia-lifeline-threatened-mekong-recedes-historic-190920072518567.html

Mekong river countries urged to reconsider hydropower dams

Activists representing Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam yesterday urged their respective governments to consider the lives of people living around the Mekong River when building infrastructure projects. Some of the activists urged governments to increase impact assessment initiatives, while others called for the suspension of all ongoing ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50628833/mekong-river-countries-urged-to-reconsider-hydropower-dams/

National Assembly seeks more input on Boeng Tamouk Lake project

The National Assembly has asked relevant authorities to clarify if there is any problem related to the reclamation of parts of Boeng Tamouk Lake following a petition filed by the Grassroots Democratic Party. Prach Chan, National Assembly human rights and complaints commission chairman, yesterday said he ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50622092/national-assembly-seeks-more-input-on-boeng-tamouk-lake-project/

MRC urged to prioritise steps to protect river basin

Development partners on Thursday asked the Mekong River Commission to prioritise policies to protect the basin in future development strategies, noting that the Mekong river basin is among the most vulnerable regions due to climate change. Representatives from Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, Luxembourg, the ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50617079/mrc-urged-to-prioritise-steps-to-protect-river-basin/

GDP files petition over Boeng Tamouk lake reclamation

The Grassroots Democratic Party yesterday submitted a petition to National Assembly President Heng Samrin to seek clarification from the government over the partial reclamation of Boeng Tamouk lake. In 2016, the government issued a sub-decree designating the 3,239-hectare Boeng Tamouk lake in Phnom Penh as ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50613256/gdp-files-petition-over-boeng-tamouk-lake-reclamation/

Ministry asked about Mekong plan

A member of the Supreme Consultation Forum told The Post on Thursday that he had questioned the Ministry of Mines and Energy over its position regarding a proposed project to develop a sizeable stretch of the Mekong River. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-asked-about-mekong-plan

Forum raises urgent Mekong issues

The 7th Mekong River Commission (MRC) Regional Stakeholder Forum was held in Lao capital Vientiane over Monday and Tuesday, with participants discussing urgent issues facing the Mekong region, the Secretariat of the MRC has said. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/forum-raises-urgent-mekong-issues

Impact study on river bank ‘development’ begins

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology said on Tuesday it is conducting an environmental impact study after it received a proposal from Try Pheap Engineering & Construction Co Ltd to dredge the Mekong River and use the sand to develop the river bank. ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/impact-study-river-bank-development-begins

Families living around lake evicted

Prek Pnov district authorities have evicted families living illegally around Boeng Tamouk lake, Phnom Penh’s largest reservoir, part of which is to be reclaimed to build a market. Sim Sophang, district administrative chief, said there will be no compensation. “There is no policy to compensate them ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50605742/families-living-around-lake-evicted/

Firm requests permission to restore riverbanks

Try Pheap Engineering & Construction Co Ltd has requested permission from Prime Minister Hun Sen to pump and restore the banks of the Mekong river, according to a Council of Ministers’ letter. The restoration area in question stretches from the Kaam Samnor Cambodia-Vietnam border checkpoint ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/firm-requests-permission-restore-riverbanks

Ministry approves protected area status for Yeak Laom Lake in Ratanakkiri

The Ministry of Environment on Friday approved the registration of the Yeak Laom Lake community natural protected area in Ratanakkiri province to support the preservation of natural resources, culture and eco-tourism. The indigenous community hailed the decision, but said it had come too late to ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-approves-protected-area-status-yeak-laom-lake-ratanakkiri

Dry spell causing power cuts: PM

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday said the country is now facing an electricity shortage of about 400 megawatts, leading to power outages, and appealed to people, especially those in the business sector, to understand that this is because of an ongoing dry spell. Speaking ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50587742/dry-spell-causing-power-cuts-pm-2/

Hun Sen seeks support for river systems

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday ordered all ministries and relevant institutions to prevent illegal sand dredging, fishing and the cutting down of mangrove trees. Presiding over the 5th River Festival held in Kampong Chhnang province, Mr Hun Sen said that he ordered all relevant ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50587743/hun-sen-seeks-support-for-river-systems/

Government designates Lumkod lake as protected

The government has decided to set up a protected area of more than 100 hectares in Ratanakkiri province to protect the environment, biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources. A sub-decree, dated December 25 and published by the Environment Ministry yesterday, said the government decided ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50568015/government-designates-lumkod-lake-as-protected/

Tonle Sap Vietnamese to stay on river for now

Kampong Chhnang provincial authorities announced they have allowed 750 ethnic Vietnamese families living on the Tonle Sap river to stay until July, after more than 3,000 other Vietnamese families voluntarily relocated to designated areas on higher ground. Provincial governor Chhour Chandoeun said authorities made the decision ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/tonle-sap-vietnamese-stay-river-now

Riverbank fails a concern

In response to the latest riverbank collapse in Kandal province’s Mok Kampoul district on December 13, the most recent of a spate across the Kingdom, authorities have moved to prevent more from occurring. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/riverbank-fails-concern

Kratie authorities ban homes on riverbank after collapse

Authorities in Kratie province’s Chhloung district yesterday ordered villagers not to build houses and to remove those already built along the riverbank after five houses collapsed into the river on Tuesday. District governor Heng Sitha yesterday said that the authorities have banned the construction of ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50553933/kratie-authorities-ban-homes-on-riverbank-after-collapse/

Boeng Prek Tup project opposed

The Cambodian Youth Party has requested the government reconsider the development of the Boeng Prek Tup lake area in Preah Sihanouk province. More than 16 hectares of Boeng Prek Tup lake was designated as a freshwater conservation area in 2016 by a government sub-decree. The ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50541168/boeng-prek-tup-project-opposed/

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