Gov’t rebuffs Human Rights Watch’s criticism about impact from Lower Sesan 2 Dam

The government yesterday refuted claims made by Human Rights Watch in a report which said: “The Lower Sesan 2 dam washed away the livelihoods of Indigenous and ethnic minority communities who previously lived communally and mostly self-sufficiently from fishing, forest-gathering, and agriculture.” ...

Chhun Sun Ly

Cambodian villagers say authorities failed to honor promises for flood relief

Nearly 100 families in two villages affected by flooding from the controversial Lower Sesan 2 hydropower mega-dam in northeastern Cambodia’s Stung Treng province said Tuesday that authorities have failed to honor promises they made to rebuild submerged communities and provide much-needed supplies and services.​ ...

Roseanne Gerin

Illegal timber still flowing: EIA

More than one million cubic metres of illegal timber has flowed unhindered from protected areas in Cambodia’s northeast provinces to Vietnam as the latter continues its role as a serial illegal timber trade offender, according to a report issued by the Environmental Investigation Agency. ...

May Titthara

Holdouts reject new offer to leave dam site

More than 90 villagers in Stung Treng province on Tuesday rejected compensation packages for the land they will lose to the under-construction Lower Sesan 2 hydropower dam, a local official said. ...

Ben Sokhean

Gov’t sweetens deal for Sesan Dam families

As work moves ahead on the controversial Lower Sesan 2 dam in Stung Treng province, the Ministry of Mines and Energy met Tuesday with representatives of more than 250 families still refusing to make way for the dam’s reservoir. ...

Khuon Narim

Cambodian villagers threaten renewed protests against dam developer

Hundreds of indigenous villagers on Monday threatened to continue protests against the developer of a controversial hydropower dam in Cambodia if it does not halt construction of the project, which they say will negatively affect their cultural traditions and livelihoods. ...

Prach Chev

Fear motivating relocation

Deep in the forest, about an hour from Stung Treng’s provincial capital through a rough and difficult road, just over half of the houses in an ethnic minority village have been tagged with bright orange spray paint saying, “LSS2”. According to a 2010 environmental impact ...

Phak Seangly

Lawmaker blasts illegal logging in Stung Treng

Two draft laws on judicial reform were easily passed by the single-party National Assembly on Friday but the session was overshadowed by a rookie lawmaker’s attack on lax enforcement of forestry laws in Stung Treng province. On the fourth day of the third plenary session of ...

Khy Sovuthy

Hun Sen attends dinner, presentation in China

Accompanied by his wife, Bun Rany, Prime Minister Hun Sen continued his trip to China on Tuesday evening by attending a dinner reception hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to state news agency Agence Kampuchea Press. Mr. Hun Sen and his delegation of high-level officials ...

Simon Henderson

Think Tank Says Investment Needed to Balance Growth

Government action is needed if Cambodia is to reach its potential for economic growth and address growing inequality, according to a new report from a leading local think tank. The recommendations were included in the Cambodian Development Resource Institute’s (CDRI) annual development review 2012 to ’13. ...

Cambodia approves Lower Sesan 2 hydroelectric dam

Cambodia’s government has approved a controversial hydroelectric dam on a tributary of the Mekong River. The joint venture involves Cambodian, Chinese and Vietnamese investment of $781m (£488m) and is due to be completed within five years. The project in northern Stung Treng province is known as Lower ...

Lower Sesan 2's Power not worth a dam: NGO

While the humanitarian objections to Mondulkiri’s proposed Lower Sesan 2 hydropower dam project are well documented, a report from conservation NGO International Rivers yesterday highlighted an objection of another sort: the Lower Sesan wouldn’t be a very good location for a dam in the first ...

Lower Sesan 2 Dam Would be 'Catastrophic'

Hydropower dams planned for the tributaries of the Mekong River, particularly the Lower Sesan 2, will have a “catastrophic” impact on fish stocks throughout the country, according to new research that calls for several planned dams to be reconsidered. Authored by an international group of ...

Prayer Ceremony Held In Attempt to Stop Dam Construction

About 400 indigenous Lao villagers prayed and sacrificed chickens to a powerful local spirit yesterday in Stung Treng province, seeking supernatural help in halting the planned construction of the Lower Sesan 2 Dam, villagers and commune officials said yesterday. The hydropower projects, funded by Vietnam ...

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