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World Heritage status, tourists threaten Angkor preservation

The global recognition given to the Angkor temple complex in Siem Reap—and other sites around the world that receive U.N. world heritage status—does as much to damage as it does to preserve the historical gem, according to a new research paper that was published in the Journal of Cultural Heritage and made available online last week, outlines how recognition from UNESCO is used as a tourism marketing tool, resulting in more visitor traffic to cultural sites, which threatens their short- and long-term sustainability. ...

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House collapses into river, others removed

One home collapsed into the Tonle Bassac river on Saturday in Kandal’s Sa’ang district, while two others are at risk of collapse and eight others had to be dismantled and moved across the road, away from the riverbank, officials said yesterday. ...

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Herd of elephants rescued from muddy bomb crater

Eleven wild elephants were rescued on Saturday in Mondulkiri’s Keo Seima protected area after becoming trapped in a former bomb crater without food for four days, though rangers will continue to monitor the herd to ensure it reaccepts one juvenile who was handled by humans during the rescue. ...

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Vinamilk to take full stake of Angkormilk

Vietnamese state-owned dairy giant Vinamilk intends to spend almost $11 million to buy its Cambodian partner’s entire stake in Angkor Dairy Products Co Ltd, better known as Angkormilk, according to Vietnamese media. ...

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New coal-fired plant billed at $600 million

Malaysian-owned energy firm Cambodian Energy II Co Ltd (CEL2) will invest a total of $600 million into building its 150-megawatt coal-fired power plant near Sihanoukville, which is set to become the Kingdom’s third coal-fired power station. ...

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Cambodia, Sri Lanka and the China debt trap

The influx of Chinese economic assistance into Sri Lanka and Cambodia has raised questions regarding the intentions behind these massive loans. A 2016 International Monetary Fund report showed that Cambodia’s external multilateral public debt is now at US$1.6 billion, while its bilateral public debt with China is US$3.9 billion – 80% of this is owned by China. ...

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Government threatens land rights protesters with legal action

The Commerce Ministry has threatened to take unspecified legal “measures” against anyone joining a protest against a sugarcane plantation who does not have a personal claim in the dispute.​ ...

 

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Signing of agreement on the project for effective implementation of EIA and pollution control through the capacity development of MOE

On 06 March 2017, the Royal Government of Cambodia through the Ministry of Environment (MOE) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Cambodia Office has signed an Agreement on “The Project for Effective Implementation of Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and Pollution Control through the Capacity Development of MoE” aiming at enhancing the effectiveness of the implementation of environment impact assessment and pollution control in Cambodia.

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Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Local EU statement on the political situation in Cambodia

EU Heads of Missions in Phnom Penh believe that it is in the interests of Cambodia, and in the interests of long-term stability in the country, for there to be elections that command the confidence of the voters, and that allow the people of Cambodia to choose whom they wish to represent them at commune and national level. Also, EU looks to the authorities to ensure an environment in which opposition parties and civil society can function freely. 

 

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European Union in Cambodia

Results of plenary session of Council of Ministers on Friday, 17 February 2017

On 17 February 2017, Prime Minister of Kingdom of Cambodia, Hun Sen, has presided over a plenary session of Council of Ministers at Peace Palace. The result of the discussion including:

  • Two projects: a 230-kilowatt transit grid development project from the Stung Tatai hydropower
    dam in Koh Kong province, and a 135-Megawatt coal-fired electricity plant in Preah Sihanouk province.
  • Other issues related to amendment on Goods Trade Agreement under the framework on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement between states of ASEAN community and Republic of Korea.
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