Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and key to Cambodia's economy.
Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and key to Cambodia's economy. Yet the lake and its surrounding ecosystem have come under increasing pressure from over-exploitation, illegal fishing, poaching and deforestation. Today it forms a valuable arena of global significance in which to examine the opposing forces of conservation, sustainable development and resource management, versus the illegal and rapacious exploitation of a rich and vital environment. In this pioneering work, the authors explore the environmental, cultural and political geographies at play, exposing the competing perceptions of Tonle Sap, both from within the country and externally. They do so across a range of scales - from local, regional and national to its global importance as a biosphere reserve.
Table of contents:
Introduction 1. Power webs and waterscapes 2. Hierarchy, patron clients, and politics in contemporary Cambodia 3. Transition and flux 4. Mapping, making and managing 5. Systems, pulses and rhythms 6. Fluid life spaces 7. Fishing territory, lottery and contestation 8. Moy system mesh 9. External threats, insecurity and floating lives Conclusion: floating futures Index
Mak Sithirith, Researcher, World Fish, Phnom Penh and Royal University, Phnom Penh Carl Grundy-Warr, Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore.