Cambodia

Situated by the Gulf of Thailand, Cambodia is bordering Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Geographically, Cambodia has mostly low, flat plains consisting of a land of paddies and forests, dominated by the Mekong River and Tonie Sap. The climate is tropical with a monsoon season (May to November) and dry season (December to April). There is little seasonal temperature variation. In terms of natural resources, Cambodia possesses e.g. oil and gas, timber, gemstones, iron ore and hydropower potential.

Key Water Issues and Challenges

  • Monsoonal rains (June to November)
  • Flooding
  • Occasional droughts
  • Illegal logging and mining activities resulting in habitat loss and declining biodiversity, especially destruction of mangrove swamps
  • In rural areas, most of the population does not have access to potable water
  • Cambodia is concerned about Laos' extensive upstream dam construction

Contact GWP Cambodia

H.E Watt Botkosal, wattbotkosal@cnmc.gov.kh

More Information

AQUASTAT -FAO's Information System on Water and Agriculture http://www.fao.org/nr/water/aquastat/main/index.stm

UN-Water Statistics http://www.unwater.org/statistics_KWIP.html


Source: www.cia.gov; http://data.worldbank.org; www.unwater.org

Posted: 2012-07-26


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