Indeed, fishing is the Tonle Sap area’s main source of income.
60 % of the country’s fish consumption come from the Tonle Sap, and this sector represents 7% of the national GDP. Nowadays, fishers observe a decrease of 70% off their fish catches.
Moreover, 85% of Cambodians rely on agriculture to live, and the changes of the country’s climate lead to more droughts and/or more floods.
The impact is especially harsh on rice production.
Rice fields need to be constantly under water until the rice is ripe and can be harvested. Actually, it takes 4.000 litres of water to produce 1 kg of rice. According to the Committees of Disaster Management, up to now the drought harmed more than 20.000 hectares of rice fields, in 13 provinces.