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Large-scale Mekong River landfilling draws concern eco-system and water way

Almost every day for the past year about a dozen boats carrying thousands of cubic meters of sand dump their load at Koh Norea, a small tip of land where the Mekong spills into the Bassac river. According to workers at the site, the sand ...

Sorn Sarath
https://cambojanews.com/large-scale-mekong-river-landfilling-draws-concern-eco-system-and-water-way/

Water levels in Mekong hit worrisome new lows

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has expressed concern that water levels in the river have dropped significantly, changing the colour of the water in some areas, and warned that this situation could impact agricultural production and wildlife migration in Cambodia and the other countries in ...

Lay Samean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/water-levels-mekong-hit-worrisome-new-lows

Illegal fish nets kill adult male Irrawaddy dolphin in Kratie

Conservationists and communities in the Anlong Kampi Irrawaddy dolphin conservation area in Kratie province said that despite the ban on fishing and regular patrols, fishing offences in the area are still happening which they said is cause for alarm. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/illegal-fish-nets-kill-adult-male-irrawaddy-dolphin-kratie

Chinese dams under US scrutiny in Mekong rivalry

A U.S.-funded project using satellites to track and publish water levels at Chinese dams on the Mekong River was announced Monday, adding to the superpowers’ rivalry in Southeast Asia. ...

Reuters
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/5698640.html

In Cambodia, a sweeping new environment code languishes in legal limbo

In Cambodia, the Mekong River winds past Southeast Asia’s largest remaining lowland evergreen forest before filling up Tonle Sap, the region’s largest freshwater lake. The river, lined with valuable sand, is home to an abundance of endangered species like the Mekong giant catfish and giant ...

Andrew Nachemson
https://news.mongabay.com/2020/08/in-cambodia-a-sweeping-new-environment-code-languishes-in-legal-limbo/

Much lower water levels recorded so far in 2020

RAINFALL and water levels in the Mekong river basin are very low this year, compared with 2018 and 2019, said Water Resources Ministry spokesman Chan Youttha ...

Khann Chanvirak
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50753940/much-lower-water-levels-recorded-so-far-in-2020/

Mekong is at historical lows

The Mekong is once again at historical lows. The Mekong River Commission (MRC) gauge at Phnom Penh Port shows river level to be four metres below average for this time of year – and lower than last year’s record. ...

Mark Hughes
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50748811/mekong-is-at-historical-lows/

Cambodia scraps plans for Mekong hydropower dams

A Cambodian government decision to postpone building new hydropower dams on the Mekong river has been welcomed by campaigners, who say it will provide welcome relief to the tens of thousands of people whose livelihood depend upon its rich resources. ...

Rebecca Ratcliffe
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/20/cambodia-scraps-plans-for-mekong-hydropower-dams

Cambodian official: no new dams planned for Mekong mainstream before 2030

A Ministry of Energy official said Tuesday that Cambodia will not develop new mainstream hydropower projects on the Mekong River for the next 10 years. ...

Sun Narin
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/cambodian-official-no-new-dams-planned-for-mekong-mainstream-before-2030/5332171.html

'Houses on the river will fall': Cambodia's sand mining threatens vital Mekong

Some 60 million people rely on Southeast Asia’s Mekong River for their sustenance. But the Mekong is under threat.​While China is building dams that sharply reduce the water flow and sediment downstream, other countries along the river share some of the blame. ...

Michael Sullivan
https://www.npr.org/2020/02/27/808807512/houses-on-the-river-will-fall-cambodia-s-sand-mining-threatens-vital-mekong

Groups voice concerns over new dam

Civil society organisations working on water management in Cambodia have expressed concern that Laos’ proposed Luang Prabang hydropower dam project and the existing upper Mekong River dam project will potentially cause more transnational impacts on hydrologic flow, movement of fish and sediment. ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50688101/groups-voice-concerns-over-new-dam

Countries urge Laos to conduct dam impact studies

Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam yesterday reiterated concerns over Laos’ proposed Luang Prabang hydropower dam project and urged the country to conduct more studies on potential environmental and social impacts. The proposed project would be built in Houygno village in the province, approximately 25 kilometres from ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50687612/countries-urge-laos-to-conduct-dam-impact-studies

Losing dolphins for more hydropower

The construction of the Don Sahong hydropower dam in Laos has affected the habitats of Mekong River dolphins, causing their numbers to dwindle in Stung Treng province. The dwindling numbers are causing a decline in tourists who wish to see them, resulting in loss of ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50682044/losing-dolphins-for-more-hydropower

Unsustainable sand mining is threatening lives along the Mekong River in Cambodia

Now new research, as part of a project led by University of Southampton, has shown sand mining is causing river beds to lower, leading to riverbank instability and increasing the likelihood of dangerous river bank collapse, damaging infrastructure and housing and putting lives at risk. The ...

University of Southampton
https://www.southampton.ac.uk/news/2020/01/mekong-river-sand.page

Dolphin death rate spikes

Conservationists have expressed alarm over the increase in the mortality rate of Irrawaddy dolphins in Cambodia’s Mekong River last year, compared to previously. The director of the Fisheries Conservation Department, Ouk Vibol, said on Wednesday: “Though we are happy at the birth of 13 dolphins ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/dolphin-death-rate-spikes

Mekong levels to drop as China conducts equipment tests

The Mekong River Commission on Tuesday reported dam equipment tests in China will affect water levels in Cambodia, Thailand and Laos in the middle of this month. In a press release obtained yesterday, the MRC said the tests are being conducted in China’s Jinghong hydropower station ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50675730/mekong-levels-to-drop-as-china-conducts-equipment-tests

Ministries, institutions discuss measures for Mekong conservation

Members of relevant ministries and institutions gathered on Friday and Saturday to discuss the importance of the Mekong to Cambodia from a policy standpoint and how the government can best work together to ensure the conservation of the river. The two-day meeting, held under the ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministries-institutions-discuss-measures-mekong-conservation

Mekong countries vow drug action

Countries along the Mekong River have vowed to increase co-operation in cracking down on and preventing drug trafficking from the Golden Triangle area and the import of chemical substances for drug production.​ ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mekong-countries-vow-drug-action

Gov’t demands water conservation measures

The government last week issued a circular to relevant ministries and local authorities to observe water conservation measures following a sharp fall in Mekong River water levels – the lowest it has been in 60 years. .. ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-demands-water-conservation-measures

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

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