Mekong’s Dolphins Facing Threats

Climate Change and hasty flow of the water in Mekong River are threatening lives of dolphins in Cambodia, according to the local media report.

Climate change has affected the biodiversity in the river. Irregular and rapid momentum of the water in the river dictated by Don Sahong dam limits the amount of fish there.

Less fish around the areas where Mekong dolphins are living - in Stung Treng and Kratie provinces - means less food for the dolphins.

The Royal Government of Cambodia in cooperation with concerned NGO partners, particularly World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is working hard to alleviate the threat, however, some work goes beyond national capacity.

Mekong dolphins are among the world's only five dolphin species that need serious conservation measure, not only within the country, but also with countries along upper Mekong River.

Economically, dolphins contribute remarkably to attracting the number of tourists nationally and internationally.

As of now, there are between 80-90 adult dolphins and 15-20 baby dolphins in the Mekong areas in Cambodia.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Press