Sunday, April 27, 2008

Scientists will examine Tonle Sap

Cambodia's - and South East Asia's - largest lake Tonle Sap will be examined by a coalition of Thai and Finnish scientist according to The scientists aim to find the potential climate-change impacts that the people living around the lake might experience during the next 50 years.

Tonle Sap is the source of protein-rich food for Cambodia's population, but global warming and economic exploitation are destabilising the ecosystem. Locals are finding it more difficult to survive. The government has aggressively exploit the lake's fisheries with the watchword of poverty reduction, but reports that sociologist Mak Sithirith of the Fisheries Action Coalition Team said it is not the poor who are benefiting. And climate change is adding more anxiety to the communities around the lake.

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