Visit of two floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake (July 13-14, 2017)

Visit on Tonle Sap Lake 1 Enlarge image (© Deutsche Botschaft) Visit on Tonle Sap Lake 2 Enlarge image (© Deutsche Botschaft)

On July 13-14, 2017, the German Embassy visited together with the provincial administration of Kampong Thom and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) two floating villages in the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve. During meetings with the commune councils and representatives of the floating villages they described their precarious situation: Climate change, construction of dams, water pollution and deforestation threaten the unique ecosystem of the Tonle Sap and thereby also the livelihood and food security of the communities. Decreasing fish stocks lead to over-exploitation and the use of illegal fishing methods. The situation will worsen increasingly because existing legislation for fisheries will be enforced more strictly to protect the Tonle Sap ecosystem. However, the aim is to find a joint solution since the provincial administration knows of the challenges the residents of the floating villages have to face at this point.