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A recent New York Times article examines how climate change and other human pressures are contributing to the ecological collapse of Cambodia's Tonle Sap, a water body comprised of expansive wetlands dotted with floating villages, which serves as the lifeblood of the region. Record drought combined with hydropower projects along the Mekong have led to record low water levels and an unprecedented wildfire that destroyed large swaths of natural areas in 2016, devastating fish stocks and the communities that depend upon them. 
Climate Crowd in Cambodia
The above article echoes findings from interviews conducted by students from the School for Field Studies, a Climate Crowd partner, in Tonle Sap villages. Of the 63 individuals interviewed:
  • 95% indicate that fish stocks have declined due, in part, to recent climate changes
  • 86% report changing fishing practices including fishing in new areas and using finer nets in order to catch what remains, leading to further declines
  • 49% report switching to other livelihoods such as crocodile farming
  • 79% report migration to find work elsewhere, particularly Thailand
Look for a full summary report in next month's newsletter!
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Banner photo: © Nikhil Advani / WWF-US; Woman in floating village © Yifei Zhang / WWF;
Red panda: David Lawson © WWF-UK
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