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Japan wades in on Tonle Sap algae

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The lake algae project is part of a wider program to manage the water system. Supplied

The Japan International Cooperation Agency has agreed to oversee a project to help recover water quality in the Tonle Sap lake in response to the appearance of a large bloom of algae.
The project is part of a wider five-year initiative to improve water quality in the kingdom, according to Say Bora, the program officer at JICA.
Mr. Bora said the project is expected to create an environmental database on Tonle Sap lake, plus a platform and analytic tools for monitoring the water environment there.
“We are planning the project to address the bloom of algae in the lake,” he said, adding the goal is to achieve long-term preservation of Tonle Sap Lake by building the capacity of officials to manage the lake using scientific and administrative skills.
However, JICA officials were unable to say how much the project will cost.
“The work will be implemented phase by phase, according to the situation at the lake,” said project advisor Uchida Togo.
Sao Sopheap, the spokesman for the Ministry of Environment, welcomed Japan’s input on the work.
“We are happy to cooperate with the Japanese government,” he said.
The wider five-year initiative to improve water quality in the kingdom includes work to educate ministry officials on using environmental impact assessments and better ways to investigate sources of pollution.

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