Paul Stewart

Ramsar Site 999

The Middle Stretches of the Mekong North of Stoeng Treng

Ramsar Site 999 Gallery

THE MIDDLE STRETCHES OF THE MEKONG NORTH OF STOENG TRENG

 

As an internationally recognised wetland the boundaries of Ramsar Site 999 lay just North of the Mekong city of Stung Treng in Cambodia and the frontier of The Lao Peoples Democratic Republic.

 

 

Before the road was built between the two nations all transportation and communication was done by boat with two wooden huts on either side of the river acting as the official border posts where you would quite often receive a cup of tea along with your official stamp.

My Boat Crew in Ramsar Site 999

My Boat crew in Ramsar Site 999

A nerve-racking and fierce ride in the rainy season on tumbling muddy and boiling waters. As the dry season approaches the forests emerged from the waters of the river having endured millions of gallons of water rushing through their root structures.

The site is also home to the most northerly pods of Irrawaddy Dolphin on the Mekong. Numbering only a dozen or so today, the dolphins and the wetland is potentially under threat from a hydro dam currently under construction at Don Sahong just over the border in Laos in an area known as 4000 Islands.

Check out Ramsar Site 999, Cambodia in 360° here…

Learn more about the wetlands of Cambodia at www.ramsar.org

This area features quite heavily in the opening sequences of BBC Two – Wonders of the Monsoon now showing on iPlayer

This portfolio is represented by Thierry Merré, Gallery Hasy.