Land and Environment
The Don Sahong dam, with the Sadam channel visible behind it, on August 14, 2020. (Enric Català/VOD)

Mekong Drought, Tonle Sap Fish Shortage Tied to Low Rainfall, Hydropower: MRC

The Mekong river endured three years of drought and its lowest-ever water levels due to minimal rainfall as well as the actions of upstream hydropower dams, which had spillover effects for the Tonle Sap lake and Cambodia’s fishing industry that relies on it, according to a new report.

Kampong Speu residents say the army's tank unit has cleared their land in Oral district. (Supplied)

Villagers Defend Community Forest Given Away to Soldiers

Oral district residents are pitching tents in community forests to fend off soldiers who have received rights to the land by government order, as the Kampong Speu provincial administration pursues lawsuits against the residents for not making way.

Land Loss, Microfinance Debts Fuel Prey Preah Roka Destruction

Preah Vihear’s Prey Preah Roka Wildlife Sanctuary is dotted with clearings and fresh stumps. As a local patroller walks through the protected forest, he points out dozens of logged areas, many now being cultivated by local residents. Some say they were pushed out from plantation land or are struggling with debt.

The landfill site in Takeo's Samraong district. (Supplied)

Takeo Villagers Protest as Local Field Used as Trash Dumpsite

Dozens of villagers blocked a road to stop a trash company from bringing its trucks to a 1-hectare field near the village, which has been overflowing with bags of unprocessed, unburned garbage.

A fisherman with his family in Phnom Penh. (Phorn Bopha/VOD)

Data Show Turbulence, Decline in Mekong River Ecosystems

Fishers say their daily catch has plunged again. According to researchers, disturbances to Mekong water flows due to hydropower dams and climate change have disrupted fish habitats, breeding grounds, abundance and diversity.

Landfilling at Boeng Tamok lake, 2021. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Justice Ministry to Sell 140 Hectares of Boeng Tamok for Upgrades

Prime Minister Hun Sen granted the Justice Ministry permission to sell 140 hectares of Boeng Tamok lake​ and use the proceeds for infrastructure upgrades, according to a royal decree, with the new diktat coming weeks after the ministry was given land in the lake area.