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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

Kingdom to host Asean ministerial meeting for environmental issues

Cambodia is set to host the 15th Asean Ministerial Meeting for the Environment from October 7-11 in Siem Reap province. Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra told The Post on Wednesday that the ministry and stakeholders alike are prepared to host the event but could ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kingdom-host-asean-ministerial-meeting-environmental-issues

MRC awards green campaign winners to raise awareness of plastic pollution

A Phnom Penh resident was among the six winners of a green campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of disposing plastic waste in the river as the Mekong River Commission (MRC) on Friday commemorated the 24th anniversary of the signing of the agreement that ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mrc-awards-green-campaign-winners-raise-awareness-plastic-pollution

Stung Treng and Kratie hit by high water

Local chiefs in Stung Treng province claimed on Monday that the Mekong River has risen by almost 2m, submerging floating cabins at a local tourist attraction, while in Kratie province, a police chief said the water level has risen by 0.5m, flooding Kampi Resort. Preah ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/stung-treng-and-kratie-hit-high-water

Fish species in troubled water

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) organised a workshop in the capital on Tuesday, bringing in a number of experts to identify high-priority data needed to tackle the issue of fish migration in the Mekong Basin. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/fish-species-troubled-water

Mekong observation projects launched

The Mekong River Commission yesterday launched two joint projects to better manage the Mekong basin resources and address flood and drought issues, especially monitoring the environmental impact of the controversial Don Sahong hydropower dam. ...

Khuon Narim
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50102828/mekong-observation-projects-launched/

Irrigation in Mekong basin threatens VN’s delta

The lower basin of the trans-boundary Mekong River starts from Laos and runs through Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam before emptying into the East Sea (South China Sea). Any attempts to interrupt the natural status of the river would pose risks to Viet Nam’s Cuu ...

VietNamNet Bridge Team
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/environment/160889/irrigation-in-mekong-basin-threatens-vn-s-delta.html

Calls flow for dam to be canned

Ahead of a national consultation meeting about Laos’s Don Sahong hydropower dam later this week, communities that will be affected by the project have made their opinion clear: suspend the dam. ...

Phak Seangly and Laignee Barron
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/calls-flow-dam-be-canned

Laos, Cambodia enhance legislative cooperation

Lao National Assembly and the National Assembly of Cambodia have vowed to continue the exchange and mutual support between the two legislative bodies. The vow was made at a meeting held in Vientiane between the high-level parliamentary delegations led by the Lao National Assembly President Ms ...

Somxay Sengdara
http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_Laos.htm

Dam ‘redesign’ a mystery

Amid a lawsuit and a chorus of dissent, developers of the first lower Mekong mainstream hydropower project, the massive Xayaburi dam, have quietly submitted a long-anticipated, multimillion-dollar redesign plan, the Post has learned. What exactly has been changed about the 1,260-megawatt dam, which environmentalists contend will ...

Laignee Barron
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/dam-%E2%80%98redesign%E2%80%99-mystery

Flood warnings issued for Kratie, Kampong Cham, Stung Treng

The Mekong River Commission issued flood warnings on Wednesday for Kratie, Kampong Cham and Stung Treng as well as the southern Lao city of Pakse. After surpassing alarm levels in recent days, the Mekong is expected to reach the flood stage in Kratie on Saturday, according ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff
http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=15&token=YjEyM2Q4YWRkM2F

Mekong floodwaters already above late July levels of 2011

Mekong floodwaters have risen sharply this week and have already surpassed the levels seen at this time of the year during the devastating floods of 2011. In Phum Thom commune in Kien Svay district in Kandal province, local residents observed floodwaters rising about two meters between ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff
http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=13&token=M2ViMTlkMmFjZTg

Laos will consult with neighbors over dam

The Lao government has agreed to a lengthy public consultation process with its neighbors before building a controversial hydropower dam on the Mekong River, within 2 km of the Cambodian border, according to the environmental group WWF. Laos announced the 256-MW Don Sahong dam last year ...

Hul Reaksmey
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/laos-will-consult-with-neighbors-over-dam-62740/

Laos agrees to more extensive consultation for dam on border with Cambodia

The Lao government said yesterday that it would have the controversial Don Sahong dam undergo a formal process of prior consultation – a decision that will probably delay the project further. “The government has already demonstrated that it is committed to developing the Don Sahong project ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff
http://thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=13&token=YjI5ZmRlNDg3Y2M

Mega First boosts spending on Lao dam, Cambodian rubber project

Malaysia’s Mega First Corp Bhd says it increased spending on a controversial dam project in Laos and a new rubber project in Cambodia by 45 percent to MYR 50.4 million ($15.7 million) in 2013. Project development expenditure on the Don Sahong dam on the Cambodian border ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff
http://thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=13&token=MmI4Yzk4ZDQ4MjA

NGO says work on Don Sahong dam under way

A conservation group has said its recent trip to Laos revealed that construction on a controversial hydropower dam decried by neighbouring Mekong countries is already under way. International Rivers representatives visiting the proposed site of the 260-megawatt Don Sahong Hydropower Project earlier this month say they ...

Laignee Barron
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngo-says-work-don-sahong-dam-under-way

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