Sunday, April 24, 2016

Tonle Sap Lake Villagers & Fisheries @ Risk (Source: Scientists4themekong)

Published on Apr 11, 2016

Very low water levels and reduced fisheries as a result of upstream Hydropower Dams in the Mekong River & its tributaries, are creating even more poverty in the Tonle Sap Lake area.
This is a view of the extreme poverty faced by the 10,000 inhabitants of the village of Kampong Khleang in the Tonle Sap Lake of Cambodia. A "Floating Village" during the wet season and a dust bowl during the dry season.
Fluctuations in water levels caused by Chinese mega-dams in the Upper Mekong River have already impacted on the hydrology of the important fisheries sites of the Tonle Sap: River, Lake and Wetland areas in Cambodia.
According to locals we interviewed in Feb 2016: In the past 2 years the water level has reduced even more dramatically. This is due to the building of the Xayaburi Dam blocking the mainstream of the Mekong River in Laos, as well as, by the dams in major tributaries - such as the Lower Sesan 2 Dam located at the junction of 2 major tributaries: the Lower Sesan River and the Srepok River in Nth Cambodia; and now the blockage by the Don Sahong Dam.
The planned construction of the Sambor Dam in the mainstream of the Mekong River will have a disastrous impact on the fisheries and water levels of the Tonle Sap area and thereby on its people.

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