Tourists in Cambodia are being given the chance to get up close with rare and endangered bird species.
The villagers say a Vietnamese rubber company began developing in the area in 2008, ultimately evicting some 400 families from their homes across more than 2,000 hectares of land.
At least 120 companies, most of them Chinese, have obtained mining licenses in the last decade, as they seek precious metals, oil and gas in Cambodia.
The tribes say some 2,000 families could be affected by a concession granted to the company, which has begun clearing some 47,000 hectares of land in the province.
Vietnam calls on Laos to consult with other river countries before completing construction of two dams on lower Mekong.
In its annual “Asian Development Outlook,” the bank said it expects to see a drop in the rate from about 7.2 percent last year to 7 percent this year.
Ahead of this week’s meeting of the Mekong River Commission, 39 international environmental groups called on the government to halt construction on the Xayaburi dam before February 2015.
Cambodia's Floating Villages Face Uncertain Future
Petroleum diesel is widely used in Cambodia, particularly in heavy trucks and vans, but also in many older cars.
Environmental groups worry that the Don Sahong dam could devastate fisheries that provide a major source of food for Cambodians living along the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers.
The forest of Preah Rorka sits at the confluence of three districts, covering 90,000 hectares, and tribes in the area rely on the forest for their livelihoods.
Lao officials say they are conducting the project transparently and with the proper safeguards.