The Cambodian government is on the threshold of committing to an extensive hydropower program mostly with the backing of Chinese financiers and construction companies. Cambodia's free flowing rivers and abundant natural resources are invaluable assets, the health of which are vital to the well-being of
In 2005, the Cambodian Government approved its first major hydropower project - the 110 meter high Kamchay Dam. The contract to build and operate the project was given to Sinohydro Corporation,
Since 2007, five more major dams have been approved and a further twelve are known to be under study by Chinese, South Korean and Vietnamese companies. Of these projects, the approved Lower Sesan 2 Dam in Stung Treng province is of significant concern as the dam's significant impacts to fisheries and sediment flows will impact the Mekong River and be transboundary.
Another project of particular concern is the proposed Sambor hydropower project, located on the
International Rivers is working with partners in
Read "Cambodia's Hydropower Development and China's Involvement" by International Rivers and the Rivers Coalition of Cambodia (January 2008)
Visit the websites of International Rivers' partners in Cambodia: NGO Forum on Cambodia, the Sesan-Srepok-Sekong Rivers Protection Network (3SPN), Fisheries Action Coalition Team, and the Cultural and Environmental Preservation Association.