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Group Photo in the Srepok River

140 Bunong community members from Kbal Romeas Village in Stung Treng Provinces, Northeastern Cambodia, who are affected by the Lower Sesan 2 (LS2) Hydropower Dam Project, celebrated the International Day of Action for Rivers. They also voiced serious concerns over the LS2 project’s negative impacts on rivers and natural resources, on which their life and livelihoods depend.

 

The LS2 Dam is located on the Sesan River in Sesan District in Stung Treng Province, 1.5 km downstream from its confluence with the Srepok River and 25 km from where the two rivers meet the Mekong River’s mainstream. The project is said to flood seven villages in four communes and displace nearly 5,000 villagers. However, much wider areas, including upstream, will probably be negatively affected. Although technically a tributary dam, LS2 will have significant negative impacts on the fisheries and biodiversity of the Sesan and Srepok Rivers, Tonle Sap Lake, and the entire Mekong River. One study predicts that the dam will cause a 9.3% drop in fish stocks basin‐wide. This amounts to approximately 200,000 tons of fish per year.

 

Learn more about the International Day of Action for Rivers at www.internationalrivers.org/node/2065

 

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Taken on March 14, 2015