Past Event

Troubled Waters: The Challenges Facing Cambodia's Tonle Sap Lake

April 21, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027 Room 918

Please note this event was originally scheduled on April 13 and has been rescheduled for April 21.

Join NYSEAN, the Center for Khmer Studies, the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute for a talk with Abby Seiff and her new book Troubling the Water: A Dying Lake and a Vanishing World in Cambodia.  The abundance of Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake helped grow the country for millennia and gave rise to the Kingdom of Angkor. Fed by the rich, mud-colored waters of the powerful Mekong River, the lake owes its vast bounty to an ecological miracle that has captivated poets, artisans, and explorers throughout history. But today, the lake is dying. Hydropower dams hold back billions of gallons of water and disrupt critical fish migration paths. On the lake, illegal fishing abetted by corruption is now unstoppable. A fast-changing climate, meanwhile, has seen a string of devastating droughts. In conversation with NYSEAN Program Coordinator Sreyneath Poole, they will explore how the rapid destruction of Cambodia's largest lake is upending the lives of millions who depend on the lake for their survival.  

This is a hyrbid event and a virtual joining option will be available. Please register here:

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Sreyneath Poole