Proposed Mekong dam will de­stroy fish­eries

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A Chinese-backed plan for Cam­bo­dia to build the Mekong River’s big­gest dam would de­stroy fish­eries that feed mil­lions and worsen ten­sions with Viet­nam, which has most to lose from dams on the water­way, said a three­year study com­mis­sioned by the Cam­bo­dian gov­ern­ment. The re­port, posted this month on the web­site of the US-based or­gan­i­sa­tion that con­ducted the study, said the Sam­bor dam would “gen­er­ate large power ben­e­fits to Cam­bo­dia, but at the prob­a­ble cost of the de­struc­tion of the Mekong fish­ery and the cer­tain en­mity of Viet­nam”. The dam would block fish mi­gra­tion in what sci­en­tists say is the world’s most pro­duc­tive fresh­wa­ter fish­ery. It would also pre­vent riverbed sed­i­ment from fer­til­is­ing the Mekong Delta rice bowl. Cam­bo­dia’s gov­ern­ment has not com­mented on the re­port.

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