Environmentalist Warns of Long-Term Impacts of Reckless Hydropower Development

A prominent environmentalist has warned that hydropower-reliant countries will face significant negative impacts in the long-term and could see a repeat of the tragic bursting of the Xe Pian Xe Namnoy dam in Laos last July that killed dozens. Ian Baird, a professor at the University ...

Men Kimseng

Villagers In Pursat Risk Losing Everything to Dam Development

The Cambodian government last week announced an 80-megawatt hydropower dam on the Anlong Krouch river, which flows to the town of Pursat. ANLONG KROUCH VILLAGE, PURSAT PROVINCE — For Khieu Him and Bun Kim Eng, orange trees provide hope. The ethnic Chorng and Por indigenous minority villagers ...

Following Tragic Dam Collapse, Mekong Nations Talk Hydropower at Forum

Leaders of the Mekong nations have raised concerns over the development of hydropower along the river system following the collapse of a major dam in Laos in July. The leaders met on Wednesday at the World Economic Forum on Asean to discuss their vision for ...

Poor Governance Seen as Hindering Cambodia’s Growth

Cambodia continues to rank near the bottom in almost all global development indicators but left the group of least developed countries in 2015, upgrading its status to a low-middle income country. However, according to the World Bank, about a fifth of Cambodians still live below ...

Japanese Gov’t Calls Cambodia’s Election “Disappointing”

A week after Cambodia’s general election, which the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won in a landslide victory after it banned its main opposition, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono called the poll “disappointing.” Keep reading ...

Zeb Hogan: “Mekong Giant Fish is declining, dam will drive them to extinction”

Dr. Zeb Hogan, research biologist at the University of Nevada, Reno, host of National Geographic’s Monster Fish show, and principle investigator of the Wonder of the Mekong Project funded by USAID, visited Cambodia to join the celebration of National Fish Day at the Fisheries Administration ...

Asean May See Divisions Amid Heightened U.S.-China Competition: Analysts

In the two decades since Asean was formed, it has failed to uphold its original mandate of maintaining cohesion among its members, experts have said. The rise of China, the United States’ uncertain position on the region and instability in its member states have led some ...

ASEAN MPs Say Cambodia Election ‘Not Legitimate’

A group of ASEAN parliamentarians has said excluding Cambodia’s former opposition party from July’s general election had damaged the legitimacy of the vote. Keep reading ...

Analyst: The Mekong is a Chance for China to Improve Its Soft Power Footprint

The Mekong River Commission met in Siem Reap province last week to discuss alternative energy solutions, large-scale Chinese investment, and governance issues. Keep reading ...

Aun Chhengpor

Ongoing Mekong Dam Construction Puts Communities at Serious Risk: Advocates

As hydropower projects continue to be built along the Mekong mainstream, fishing communities living near the Tonle Sap river in Cambodia say their way of life is already changing. Keep reading ...

Hul Reaksmey

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