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20 May 2015

Cambodia: Dam project threatens livelihood of Chong people - short film

"Short Film Showcase: Cambodian Dam Project May Threaten People and Endangered Species", 14 May 2015

Southwestern Cambodia’s Areng Valley is home to the Chong people, who have lived in the area for centuries, and to over 31 endangered species. Villagers have recently teamed up with Buddhist monks from Phnom Penh in an effort to protect the valley from a hydroelectric dam project...A decision on whether or not to build the dam has been put on hold until 2018, after the next national elections. This is a strategic move to calm protests around the dam and perhaps even divert attention for the next few years away from the project...So far the most effective proponent and fighter of Areng Valley has been...Mother Nature and, most notably, Alex Gonzales-Davidson, who was recently deported from Cambodia for his outspoken activism against the dam and the Cambodian government...Although there is hope the dam project may not go through—two other Chinese firms have already pulled out of the project for both economic and environmental reasons—threats to the valley and forests, from logging [to] mining, remain.