Climate change, overfishing, and hydropower dams are threatening Tonle Sap Lake, and the people making their livelihood and obtain their food supply in Cambodia. The Mekong River is at record level lows. Tonle Sap Lake is connected to the Mekong by a small river that fills it up each rainy season to provide a habitat for fish and livelihood for thousands of people. Over a half million tons of fish are harvested each year from Tonle Sap and provide a vital food source for the people of Cambodia. Tonle Sap is the largest body of freshwater in Southeast Asia. It’s wetlands also support critically endangered species. This region is at critical point.
Let’s hope that local and global leaders will agree to control the effects of the hydropower dams, overfishing and help mitigate the effects of climate change. As the rainy season nears, our hope is for the much needed rains to fill the lake and lives of the people of Cambodia.