Buddhist monks in my country, Cambodia, walk through a community forest during a protest against the Stung Cheay Areng hydropower dam in Koh Kong province late last year. Activists say the forest will be entirely flooded by the proposed $400 million development.
The Areng dam would displace about 1,300 ethnic Chorng people, according to government figures released this week. The plan affected 113 species of birds, 53 of mammals, 43 of fish, and 31 of reptiles in the area. According to the study in the first phase conducted during November-December 2013, it affected 1,318 people accounting for 349 families in three communes which are seven villages.The plan was opposed by activists from Mother Nature Cambodia and opposition party.
Photo credit: The Phnom Penh Post/Daniel Quinlan