The Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia: Water-related conflicts with abundance of water

Marko Keskinen, Mira Käkönen, Prom Tola, Olli Varis

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By examining diverse water-related tension and conflict situations from the Tonle Sap area of Cambodia, the article seeks to contest the view that water-related conflicts are always about water scarcity. Tackling different dimensions of water-related conflicts, the three cases studied here all point to the importance of social, political, and historical aspects in water-related resource management. They also indicate that the water and resource conflicts in Tonle Sap are strongly related to problems with existing property and access rights. Challenges of access to and control over resources, rather than changes in the abundance of water and related resources, have lead to increasing tensions in the area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-59
Number of pages11
JournalEconomics of peace and security journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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