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Vulnerable Wetland Resources



The Mekong River and its floodplains provide many benefits to the Cambodian people: fish for food, water for transport, irrigation for rice fields, natural flood control, and finally a home to such iconic and endangered wildlife as the Irrawaddy Dolphin. Across its entire length, the fisheries of the Mekong alone are worth over US$ 1,500 million per year; that is, more than US$ 4 million per day or US$ 50 per second. But the Mekong River’s incredible wetland resources are threatened by human development and overuse.
 
	© Gordon Congdon / WWF-Cambodia
Rice is easily the most important agricultural product grown in the floodplains of the Cambodian section of the Mekong River.
© Gordon Congdon / WWF-Cambodia