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Landfill at Koh Norea, across from Koh Pich, which is being expanded into a massive satellite city. Panha Chhorpoan

Large-scale Mekong River landfilling draws concern eco-system and water way

Almost every day for the past year about a dozen boats carrying thousands of cubic meters of sand dump their load at Koh Norea, a small tip of land where the Mekong spills into the Bassac river. According to workers at the site, the sand comes from the upper Mekong, part of a vast dredging process to provide sufficient landfill for Cambodia’s latest supersized development project: a massive satellite city just south east of Phnom Penh, totaling 125 hectares.
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“Maintaining a healthy river ecosystem and balancing the interests of both human and nature” is the advice that expert Carl Middleton, director of the Center for Social Development Studies at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, gave for the multiparty cooperation initiative Mekong-Lancang (LMC)
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A Phnom Penh resident harvests vegetables on the remnants of wetlands in southern Phnom Penh that is being developed by ING Holdings. CamboJA/Pring Samrang

UN experts say ING City would cause environmental, livelihood losses

Seven United Nations human rights rapporteurs raised serious concerns over the impacts of in-filling of Boeung Tompoun and the Cheung Ek wetlands to make way for a mega-development project, to which the government said environmental risks had been mitigated and touted its economic benefit.