Cambodia Development Research Institute

Hydro Dam Does Little for Locals, Study Finds

Date of Release: 
Aug 26 2015

Most families immediately downstream of Cambodia’s first major hydropower dam are worse off than they were before the project, according to a new study by U.K. researchers that urges the government to pay more attention to impacts on local residents as it gears up for a major hydropower push.

Researchers from the University of London, with help from the Cambodia Development Research Institute, last year surveyed families in five villages downstream from the 193-megawatt Kamchay dam in Kampot province’s Kampot district, which started fully operating in 2011.

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