Villagers in Koh Kong province say they are being kept in the dark on a hydroelectric dam planned to be built by a Chinese company in the remote Areng valley of the coastal province of Koh Kong. But villagers here say they are worried that if the dam is indeed built, it will cause major harm to their livelihoods. Cambodia has turned to the Chinese for a number of hydropower dams across the country. Supporters say they are needed to power the country’s growth and development, but opponents say they are not worth the environmental costs. (Say Mony, Koh Kong)
On a road in Koh Kong province on Friday, Buddhist clergy and family members honored the environmentalist one year after his slaying. Chut Viuhy was shot dead at this remote location at a police check point during an NGO review of a forest area. VOA Khmer's Say Mony reports from Koh Kong province.
With economic concessions now widespread in the countryside, international donors must work harder to help Cambodia’s ethnic minorities battle forced evictions and land grabs, a representative for these groups said. Yun Mane, chair of the Cambodia Indigenous Youth Association, is in Washington this week, meeting with international groups to push for more land rights for the indigenous. VOA Khmer's Sok Khemera, Washington.
Advocacy groups, environmentalists and policy-makers discussed for five days on events surrounding Mekong River issues in Washington. “Mekong Days,” a series of talks, films and other events seeks to highlight issues in the region, where some 60 million people live. The Mekong River, a major source of food for many in the region, is currently under increased pressure from hydropower dam projects and the potential impact of climate change. Environmental advocates say the dams could hurt fish stocks in the river, even as temperature and rainfall changes threaten agriculture and livestock. (Sok Khemara, Washington)
The award-winning documentary on Cambodian development, "A River Changes Course," screened in Washington last month for an environmental film festival. The festival examined the impacts of globalization and environmental destruction. VOA Khmer's Men Kimseng spoke with filmmaker Mam Kalyanee to discuss how these issues are addressed by activists and decision-makers.