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Angkor Wat’s Geoglyph Gardens

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A June 2013 UNESCO report on the first “lidar” aerial laser survey of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, which exposes topography under tree canopy, has revealed a mysterious geoglyph attached to this great temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu.
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Siem Reap seems flood-proofed – but no so for outlying districts - The Phnom Penh Post

Siem Reap seems flood-proofed – but no so for outlying districts - The Phnom Penh Post | Kampu | Scoop.it
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Siem Reap seems flood-proofed – but no so for outlying districts
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Siem Reap town has been flood free so far this year, but outlying areas have been inundated including Pouk, Angkor Chum, Krolanh, and Varin.
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Cambodia's Angkor heritage site greets 694700 foreign visitors in Q1, up 8 pct - Global Times

Cambodia's Angkor heritage site greets 694700 foreign visitors in Q1, up 8 pct - Global Times | Kampu | Scoop.it
Cambodia's Angkor heritage site greets 694700 foreign visitors in Q1, up 8 pct Global Times Cambodia's Angkor Wat temples, one of the world heritage sites, received 694,700 foreign tourists in the first quarter of this year, a 8 percent rise from...
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Cambodia's Khmer healers get schooled in ancient art - Tengrinews

Cambodia's Khmer healers get schooled in ancient art - Tengrinews | Kampu | Scoop.it
Cambodia's Khmer healers get schooled in ancient art Tengrinews For generations, the secrets of "Kru Khmer" traditional remedies have been passed down by word of mouth -- often from father to son -- with each expert tweaking the methods along the...
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Siem Reap Pagoda Cats – Josette's Story | Siem Reap Post . com

Siem Reap Pagoda Cats – Josette's Story | Siem Reap Post . com | Kampu | Scoop.it
pagoda-cats(01) pagoda-cats(02) Josette is an unusual lady. To hear her speak brings visions of Édith Piaf to mind – there's a superficial visual resemblance too. She speaks perfect English with a strong French accent (and ...
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Cambodia mulls mart options. - TTR Weekly

Cambodia mulls mart options. - TTR Weekly | Kampu | Scoop.it
Cambodia mulls mart options.
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Pacific Asia Travel Association will host its annual travel mart in Siem Reap in September 2014, the first time a major trade show has been hosted in the World Heritage town.
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Protecting Cambodia's cultural treasures

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Years of instability in Cambodia fostered the looting of many of the nation's archaeological sites-—an activity that continues to this day.  Teams of bandits ransack ancient temples deep in the country’s jungles.  They chop statues off pedestals,...

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Cambodia Plans Mass Demonstration to Call for UN Intervention - Radio Free Asia

Cambodia Plans Mass Demonstration to Call for UN Intervention - Radio Free Asia | Kampu | Scoop.it
The Phnom Penh Post Cambodia Plans Mass Demonstration to Call for UN Intervention Radio Free Asia Cambodia's opposition will hold a mass demonstration next month to call for international intervention in the country's political crisis following...
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CAMBODIA: Concern Over Tonle Sap Catch

CAMBODIA: Concern Over Tonle Sap Catch | Kampu | Scoop.it
A Cambodian official says fish stocks are increasing in the lake, but fishermen worry.

 

Fish production in Cambodia’s great Tonle Sap Lake is on track to reach last year’s level, an official said Wednesday, despite concern from fishermen that yields are dwindling due to environmental problems.

 

Nao Thouk, director of the Fisheries Administration under the Ministry of Agriculture, said that up to 500,000 tons of fish would be harvested this year from the lake, which is a major source of food for the whole country.

 

Fishermen have harvested reasonable catch in the nearly two months since the start of the official fishing season on Oct. 1, Nao Thouk said, adding that the catch will increase until Dec 2012.

 

“We have seen an increase in fish since the start of the fishing season,” he told RFA’s Khmer service.

 

He said the good yield was the result of a government clampdown conducted since May of last year against illegal fishing in the lake. Commercial fishing in the lake is banned.

 

Authorities have cracked down on 5,000 illegal fishing cases since early 2012, arresting 50 people, according to the ministry.

 

Nao Thouk said the campaign was helping fish stocks to increase in the lake, on which over a million Cambodians rely for their livelihoods.

 

Low water

 

But some are concerned that low water levels and other issues are hurting fish stocks in the lake, which is known in Cambodia as the “Great Lake” and produces over half of the country’s fish.

 

Om Savath, executive director of Cambodia’s Fish Action Coalition Team, said the freshwater fish yield will decline compared to last year’s harvest because the water level is low.

 

“This year the water level is low. I don’t see any sign of increase in fish,” he said.

 

The Tonle Sap is closely connected with the Mekong River, which environmentalists say is threatened by dams.

 

The Cambodian Fishery Coalition, a community-based organization set up by fishery folk in the country, said in a recent report that dams across the river upstream in China "have impacted the lake’s fish sanctuary."

 

"When the hydropower dams were established, the community people living around the Tonle Sap Lake were severely affected, as they have transformed fish resources, and lead to progressive loss,” it said.

 

Environmentalists say the Tonle Sap’s fish are also threatened by the destruction of flooded forests around the lake, which act as an immense hatchery during the rainy season and protect the core of the lake during the dry season.

 

Aside from fishery resources, the Tonle Sap Lake provides land fertile for the cultivation of rice and other agriculture.

 

Tonle Sap has 28 fish species that are nearing extinction. The government has reserved 31 areas, covering about 97,500 hectares (240,000 acres), for their protection.

 

Reported by Sok Serey for RFA’s Khmer service. Translated by Samean Yun. Written in English by Rachel Vandenbrink.

 

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Meet Minea the Masseuse

Meet Minea the Masseuse | Kampu | Scoop.it
Naomi Collett Ritz interviews Siem Reap masseuse, Minea, about her time in Thailand as an illegal migrant, being ‘sponsored’ by an Australian sex tourist, and the cheapness of Chinese customers.
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Old pictures of Siem Reap and Angkor Wat Archaeological Park - Siem Reap, Cambodia

Old pictures of Siem Reap and Angkor Wat Archaeological Park - Siem Reap, Cambodia | Kampu | Scoop.it
We had the chance to uncover a real gold mine of historical 18th and 19th century pictures from Cambodia in the French National Archives.
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