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Dams and climate change choke the Mekong: livelihoods and ecosystems are at stake

The Mekong River, a lifeline for millions in Southeast Asia, is facing an ecological crisis. Unpredictable water levels, declining fish stocks, and the disappearance of the iconic Irrawaddy dolphin threaten the livelihoods and traditions of communities along the river. ...

Sovann Sreypich
https://cambojanews.com/dams-and-climate-change-choke-the-mekong-livelihoods-and-ecosystems-are-at-atake/

Minister, World Bank discuss active and new water projects

The Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology received a senior World Bank delegation to exchange lessons learned from on-going water and irrigation projects to improve the implementation of a new one. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501459832/minister-world-bank-discuss-active-and-new-water-projects/

Floods affected 20 cities, and provinces in Cambodia, killing 6

Mekong River overflowing and flash floods have affected different areas in 20 cities and provinces across Cambodia, leaving at least six people dead so far, the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) spokesperson said on Friday. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501379737/floods-affected-20-cities-and-provinces-in-cambodia-killing-6/

$230m mekong river bridge to connect with PP-Bavet expressway

The government, with support from China, has issued more than $230 million to build a 1,600-metre bridge across the Mekong River with free access to connect with the Phnom Penh-Bavet Expressway, providing people with more convenience to cross the bridge. ...

Yatt Malai
https://kiripost.com/stories/230m-mekong-river-bridge-to-connect-with-pp-bavet-expressway

Fantastic plastic: NGO’s inaugural recycling competition held in Kandal

The Wonders of the Mekong project, an NGO working to ensure a healthy Mekong River, on May 4 organised their first “Plastic Recycling Competition 2023” competition to celebrate Earth Day this year. Groups of high school students from Kandal province took part as contestants in the ...

Sok Raksa
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/fantastic-plastic-ngos-inaugural-recycling-competition-held-kandal

Construction work begins on Mekong River bridge in Kratie

Prime Minister Hun Sen and Chinese ambassador Wang Wentian on January 2 broke ground for the construction of a new bridge which will span the Mekong River in Kratie province. The bridge is expected to bring “rapid economic development” to the people of Cambodia’s northeastern ...

Neang Sokunthea
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/construction-work-begins-mekong-river-bridge-kratie

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. ...

Meas Molika
https://kiripost.com/stories/pm-calls-for-conservation-areas-to-protect-dolphins

Third Mekong River dolphin found dead in a single week

The Global Fund for Nature and World Wide Fund for Nature Cambodia (WWF) have called on authorities to step up night and day patrols of dolphin conservation areas and prevent illegal fishing, as a third Mekong Irrawaddy dolphin carcass was discovered in the span of ...

Chea Sokny
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/third-mekong-river-dolphin-found-dead-single-week

Tenth Mekong dolphin death of 2022 reported

Wildlife conservationists have issued more calls for an increase in strict and regular law enforcement in order to save the Mekong dolphins from extinction, following the death of a female specimen. ...

Post Staff
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/tenth-mekong-dolphin-death-2022-reported

Mekong conservation heroes recognised

Six Cambodian conservationists have been recognized as “Mekong Conservation Heroes” by the Wonders of the Mekong project for their environmental activities. Their actions include work on endangered species such as the Irrawaddy dolphin, Mekong giant catfish, and giant softshell turtle, as well as outreach and ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mekong-conservation-heroes-recognised

Rosy official forecasts fail to lift freshwater fishermen’s hopes

While river fishermen are claiming to have had smaller catches this season, experts are predicting that this year’s freshwater fish yields will be double that of previous years. Heng Kong, director of the Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institute at the Fisheries Administration (FiA), predicted that ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/rosy-official-forecasts-fail-lift-freshwater-fishermens-hopes

Mekong project vows to invest in aquaculture

Cambodia’s natural fisheries resources have declined so significantly that they fail to meet consumers’ daily needs, according to a Wonders of the Mekong project statement on September 12. ...

Keo Kereya and Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mekong-project-vows-invest-aquaculture

Kampi village: Home to the endangered freshwater dolphins

The Mekong Dolphin Pleasance of Kampi village is a nature tourism destination located along the Mekong River in Kratie province. Tourists have the opportunity to witness breath-taking scenes as rare freshwater dolphins dance and swim in pairs—mother and child, sister and brother—along the surface of ...

Zul Rorvy
https://cambodianess.com/article/kampi-village-home-to-the-endangered-freshwater-dolphins

Mixed findings in Mekong River hydropower report

Two hydropower projects along Southeast Asia’s most important river have had a measurable though moderate impact on water flows, sediment and fisheries, according to a press release on the preliminary findings of a report by the Mekong River Commission (MRC) released last week. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mixed-findings-mekong-river-hydropower-report

Tonle Sap, Mekong water levels continue to rise amid flood warnings

The water levels of the Mekong and Tonle Sap has risen and is likely to continue to rise after more than a month of persistent rainfall, raising flood alerts in various parts of the country. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501119146/tonle-sap-mekong-water-levels-continue-to-rise-amid-flood-warnings/

Fisherman accidentally hooks giant freshwater ray in Mekong

A 180kg female giant freshwater stingray was accidentally caught by Mekong River fishermen in Koh Preah community in Koh Preah village and commune of Stung Treng province’s Siem Bok district. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/fisherman-accidentally-hooks-giant-freshwater-ray-mekong

Big-name divers explore deepest Mekong pools in key fauna survey

A group of well-known underwater explorers have dived to a depth of about 75m below the surface of the Mekong River in Cambodia, an important body of water that is the last habitat of the world’s largest fresh water fish. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/big-name-divers-explore-deepest-mekong-pools-key-fauna-survey

Five river port terminals due by November: minister

The TS11 multi-purpose port terminal on the Tonle Sap River in northern Phnom Penh is 85 per cent complete and is on track to be launched on July 1, with four more terminals to be opened by November, according to transport minister Sun Chanthol on ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/five-river-port-terminals-due-november-minister

Water level rises in Mekong River and Tonle Sap Lake

The water level in the Mekong River has finally risen, thanks to the rainfall over the past few days, and hopefully the rain continues in the next few days so as to bring the water level to normal ...

Yin Soeum
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501060874/water-level-rises-in-mekong-river-and-tonle-sap-lake/

MRC unveils monitoring station in Laos’ north near Myanmar

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) on March 31 unveiled the first water-level monitoring station near the top of the Lower Mekong River Basin, in Long district of Laos’ Luang Namtha province. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mrc-unveils-monitoring-station-laos-north-near-myanmar

Oxfam, Sai team up on Mekong

Oxfam Cambodia has launched a new campaign, “Along the Mekong River with Sai”, to promote the importance of the river. Celebrity environment activist Uon Pakthom, a Cambodian singer and performer better known as Sai, was chosen by Oxfam as a Goodwill Ambassador to lead the ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/oxfam-sai-team-mekong

Mekong under threat: MRC

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) called for urgent action to protect the river for the benefit of the millions of people throughout Southeast Asia who depend on it. The Mekong is severely impacted by water infrastructure projects and climate change, it said. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mekong-under-threat-mrc

Mekong River data sharing key to impact measurement

Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology Lim Kean Hor has requested that Mekong River water data be shared to accurately measure the impact of the river’s flow on the social and economic wellbeing of the region. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mekong-river-data-sharing-key-impact-measurement

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