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World’s most threatened lake, Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake

With its rich and diverse ecosystem, Cambodia’s Tonlesap Lake is often described as the beating heart of the country, supporting the livelihoods of more than one million people and attracting visitors from across the region. Yet, climate change and man-made pressures are affecting the lake, resulting in a drastic reduction in its fish stocks and worrying low water levels.

species of fish

The Tonlesap Lake is home to at least 149 species of fish, eleven globally threatened species, and six near-threatened species. These threatened and near-threatened species include the spot-billed pelican, greater adjutant, Bengal florican, Oriental darter, grey-headed fish eagle, and the Manchurian reed warbler. Specifically, the large colonies of unique birds constitute the Preak Toal Bird sanctuary.


Opportunity for Communers to participate in community driven ecological conservation and restoration projects in Tonlesap Lake region.
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