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Before the Dam

“Before the Dam” is a study of the likely environmental impacts and community rights issues arising from the construction and operation of the proposed Kirirom III Hydropower Scheme, in Sre Ambel District, southwest Cambodia.  The study explores the options that exist for the local community to promote their rights.  The study suggests that if built and operated with appropriate measures in place, the Kirirom III scheme could set a bench-mark for sustainable hydro-development in Cambodia.

Development and Impact in Cambodia

This report analyzes general lessons from AFSC’s experience of setting up community fisheries.  The report analyzes:

  • the sources of solidarity in fishing communities,
  • the strengths and limitations of different community organizing strategies,
  • the involvement of women at different stages of the community organizing process, and
  • the connection between community fisheries and rights-based approaches to development. 

This report was commissioned by AFSC and the Fisheries Action Coalition Team (FACT).

Experiences from Three Marine Community Fisheries

Conflict over access to natural resources is increasingly common in Cambodia.  This report examines the roots of a conflict over fishing grounds in Cambodia’s Kompong Som Bay.   The report provides case histories of the conflict between trawler operators and traditional fishers, and the struggle to safeguard resources.  The true stories of the communities are presented in a simple and accessible way.

This report was commissioned by AFSC and the Fisheries Action Coalition Team (FACT).

Roads to Development - Insights from Sre Ambel District, Southwest Cambodia

A book by Meas Nee and Wayne McCallum (2009).  104 pages.

"Roads to Development" seeks to explore the idea of what constitutes “good development” in the context of Cambodia, focusing particularly on issues of investment, land rights, and local communities. Our intention is to explore what different development “roads” mean for people, for places and for the physical environment. Further, we aim to explore whether there are alternative roads that are compassionate and inclusive of local communities and grounded within the values and aspirations of Cambodian culture.

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