Cambodia is home to one of the world’s most productive and abundant inland fisheries, which contribute nearly 12 per cent of Cambodia’s GDP and are a vital source of food, nutrition and income.
The Stung Treng and Sambor hydropower dams planned for the mainstream of the Mekong River in Cambodia threaten the sustainability of these freshwater fisheries. Oxfam Australia, in conjunction with Cambodia’s Fisheries Administration, Danish International Development Agency and WWF, has supported a study to assess the dams’ potential impacts.
Findings indicate that the dams would reduce the supply of fish and aquatic animals by 6 to 34 per cent — negatively affecting public health and seriously impacting vulnerable rural communities that depend on fish and aquatic resources.
The photographs by Glenn Daniels are from “Preserving Plenty“, which documented the stories of people living in Sambor district – their lives and livelihoods, the challenges they face and their hopes for the future.