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Community fishery patrollers drive back to Kampong Kbeung village in a modified boat confiscated from illegal fishers that is now used by the patrol team. An increasing number of illegal fishers are modifying the hulls of their boats so that they can outpace the community patrol boats. (Andy Ball)

On Patrol, a Mekong Village Tackles Electric Fishing Scourge

Volunteer community patrollers along the Mekong aim to stop a rise in illegal electric fishing, which harms river ecosystems and livelihoods that rely on protected fisheries. But the sale of outlawed gear allows the dangerous practice to continue.

Construction of the Don Sahong dam in Laos in 2016 (International Rivers)

Downstream Mekong Nations Raise Concerns Over Proposed Laos Dam

Downstream Mekong countries, including Cambodia, have asked Laos to take a deeper look at the environmental impacts of a planned large-scale hydropower dam that academics and activists say will maim the mainstream Mekong River, which is already showing signs of severe damage.

Electricite du Cambodge director-general Keo Rattanak speaks to reporters at the Council of Ministers building in Phnom Penh on August 8, 2019. (VOD)

Mekong Won’t Be Dammed for Power: EDC Chief

Cambodia has no plans to build hydropower dams on the mainstream Mekong River despite allowing researchers to undertake studies to assess their potential, the head