Environment and natural resources
Water supply authority assures public shortages over early ‘24
The Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA) asked for understanding from Phnom Penh residents in some communes where water pressure is weak. They assured residents that all supply issues will be resolved by early 2024, but have suggested that residents use water sparingly in the ...
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. ...
BirdLife restores Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary watering holes
BirdLife International Cambodia has restored 10 trapaing (watering holes) in the Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary. ...
Kamping Puoy reservoir irrigation working well
A delegation of the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on March 4 inspected the Kamping Puoy reservoir irrigation improvement project in Battambang province. ...
France’s AFD pledge $0.1B annually for project funds
Prime Minister Hun Sen has asked the French Development Agency (AFD) to continue to help Cambodia develop its human resources, water treatment and transport infrastructure. AFD has committed $100 million in funding for projects in the coming year. ...
New Bakheng water treatment plant set for early ‘24 start up
The first phase of the Bakheng water treatment plant construction project will be completed in May this year, while the second phase is scheduled for completion early next year, officials said. ...
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 ...
Bassac sea-link to reach Kampot seaport: ministry
A key study on a proposed waterway link from the Bassac River to the sea in the Kampot-Kep region has been completed, the transport ministry reported, revealing plans for the project to connect to a “seaport” in Kampot province, igniting hopes for a solid pop ...
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 ...
Marine plastic issue discussed
State institutions and development partners are gathering input on strategies for the efficient management of marine debris, especially plastic waste, in the tourist destinations of the Kingdom’s coastline. ...
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 ...
Council of Ministers approves water management draft law
The draft law on clean water management was approved by the plenary session of the Council of Ministers, chaired by Prime Minister Hun Sen, after review and debate on January 13. ...
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. ...
Dam collapse hits Preah Sihanouk’s clean water supply
Water suppliers and the Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities are urging residents to be patient in the face of provincial water shortages. The second dam at Kbal Chhay collapsed on Saturday night, causing more than 3 million cubic metres of water to be lost. ...
Khouth Sophak Chakrya
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 ...
$20m pledged to aid marine and coastal fisheries
A $20 million agreement has been signed to boost climate resilience in Cambodia and the sustainability of marine and coastal fisheries. ...
Water plant capacity 200% area use
A Preah Sihanouk water treatment plant has declared an end to water shortages in the province, even in the summer. Water distribution however, remains a problem in some areas, according to local residents. ...
Khouth Sophak Chakrya
Prek Tnaut Pollution Hits a New Low as Water Declared ‘Hazardous’
Those living near the river, which flows from Kampong Speu through Kandal province, say that they have long avoided using its water for drinking, cooking or cleaning as the area has become increasingly polluted over the last decade. ...
Ngay Nai and Fiona Kelliher