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Field Note: Threatening Tonle Sap: Challenges for Southeast-Asia’s largest Freshwater Lake

Künzer, Claudia (2013) Field Note: Threatening Tonle Sap: Challenges for Southeast-Asia’s largest Freshwater Lake. Pacific Geographies, 40, pp. 29-31. ISSN 2196-1468

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Abstract

The Tonle Sap ecosystem in Cambodia is Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake; strongly impacted by the Mekong river flood pulse. The lake is home to exceptional biodiversity, and rural communities living in free floating villages on the lake and on its shores. The fragile niche ecosystems as well as the rural livelihoods of Tonle Sap are under severe threat. Overfishing, illegal wood harvesting, further resource exploitation, and water quality deterioration all impact the stability of the socio-ecological system of Tonle Sap. At the same time, expected flood pulse changes due to regulatory measures in the context of hydropower development upstream on the Mekong are a severe threat for Tonle Sap’s ecosystem stability. The area needs to shift into the focus of attention of national and international researchers, stakeholders, and decision makers, to find suitable pathways for a future sustainable development of this unique and pristine region.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/83477/
Document Type:Article
Title:Field Note: Threatening Tonle Sap: Challenges for Southeast-Asia’s largest Freshwater Lake
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Künzer, ClaudiaClaudia.Kuenzer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:July 2013
Journal or Publication Title:Pacific Geographies
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Volume:40
Page Range:pp. 29-31
ISSN:2196-1468
Status:Published
Keywords:Tonle Sap Lake, flood pulse ecosystem, floating villages, rural livelihoods, fisheries
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Fernerkundung der Landoberfläche (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Land Surface
Deposited By: Leinenkugel, Patrick
Deposited On:23 Jul 2013 12:57
Last Modified:18 Apr 2017 14:20

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