Since 2003, developers of satellites city and gated housing communities have poured sand into the wetlands and lakes, completely in-filling over 60% of Phnom Penh’s lakes and more than 40% of Phnom Penh’s major wetland areas.
Livelihoods based on the lakes and wetlands are being eroded, with thousands of families evicted or facing the threat of it as the development projects continue to threaten houses and jobs.
The environmental implications of these trends are not yet fully known, but predictions look dire, as flooding, environmental pollution and degradation of fishing breeding grounds is expected.
This Facts & Figures provides a look at the current situation on the last key lakes and wetlands and outlines the consequences of what might happen if they are destroyed. The report finds that lakes and wetlands are in the public interest and their preservation must be taken seriously and prioritised for Phnom Penh to become an inclusive and environmentally friendly city.
Contact for more information:
Mr. Soeung Saran, Executive Director of Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT)
Tel: 089 666 013
Mr. Isaac Daniels, Research and Advocacy Adviser of Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT)