Forest cover

Deforestation drivers

Military officer arrested over land-clearing allegations

Police in Pursat province arrested a high-ranking military officer on Monday, accusing him of encroaching and clearing around 40 hectares of the state’s protected forest areas in Veal Veng district.​ ...

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50756944/military-officer-arrested-over-land-clearing-allegations/

Provincial halls vow action against encroachers

The provinces of Kampong Chhnang and Koh Kong yesterday guaranteed legal action against any individual found guilty of encroaching on or engaging in illicit land trade within state-protected forests. ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50745460/provincial-halls-vow-action-against-encroachers/

Provincial governor’s stern warning against destruction of mangroves

Preah Sihanouk provincial governor Kuoch Chamroeun on Sunday warned that criminals destroying mangrove forests to occupy state land will face strict legal repercussions. The warning came as he attended the replanting of mangroves on 2ha that had been destroyed in Tuol Totoeng commune’s Chumpu Khmao ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/provincial-governors-stern-warning-against-destruction-mangroves

Hunt on for illegal loggers as timber found in Ratanakkiri

Ratanakkiri provincial and O’Yadav district police forces seized 30 logs of mixed timber from a plantation in Pak Nhay commune’s Lom village on Sunday. Police suspect traders hid the logs at the plantation while they waited to transport them to be sold in Vietnam. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hunt-illegal-loggers-timber-found-ratanakkiri

Gov’t, USAID criticized for inaction over severe forest loss at Prey Lang sanctuary

The University of Copenhagen’s open letter used data from the University of Maryland’s Global Forest Change dataset and other data points to show that 7,510 hectares of forestland were lost at the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary in 2019, the worst loss since 2016 when the ...

Sun Narin
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/govt-usaid-criticized-for-inaction-over-severe-forest-loss-at-prey-lang-sanctuary/5478565.html?

Ministry refutes NGO’s claim about cleared protected forest

The Environment Ministry yesterday refuted a claim by Wildlife Alliance that more than 200 hectares of mangrove forest had been cleared inside protected areas in Koh Kong province’s Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary. ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50720988/ministry-refutes-ngos-claim-about-cleared-protected-forest/

Massive forest clearing found in Koh Kong province

The Wildlife Alliance yesterday discovered over 200 hectares of mangrove forests within Koh Kong province’s Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary were illegally cleared. ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50720606/massive-forest-clearing-found-in-koh-kong-province/

Stung Treng court charges, releases officer

Major-general Chan Sam Ath was found guilty of violating the Forestry Law by the Stung Treng Provincial Court on Wednesday, but he will not be imprisoned because of poor health due to abdominal surgery.   ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/stung-treng-court-charges-releases-officer

‘Logging rampant despite pandemic’

Forest activists claimed they had observed more cases of deforestation in the Prey Lang area than before the Covid-19 outbreak. They alleged that three companies had sent workers to log and transport timber with no crackdown by the relevant authorities. ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/logging-rampant-despite-pandemic

Cambodian forest shrinks to only 47pct in last 40 over years

Cambodia’s forest cover was over 73 per cent in 1975 but it has shrunk to only about 47 per cent last year. In its Human Development Report Cambodia 2019, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said deforestation was mainly caused by rising wood demand for ...

New Straits Times Staff
https://www.nst.com.my/world/region/2019/11/542639/cambodian-forest-shrinks-only-47pct-last-40-over-years

Deforestation warming Cambodia, activists say

As the impacts of climate change become more apparent worldwide, members of the public are connecting more weather events to the phenomenon. In March and April, for example, extreme heat baked mainland Southeast Asia. On April 20, Vietnam set an all-time observed record high temperature, 43 ...

Michael Tatarski
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/06/article/deforestation-warming-cambodia-activists-say/

Corruption fueling deforestation in Cambodia

Cambodia’s forests are being felled at a shocking rate, as poachers and corrupt officials profit from the black market trade in rare wood species, which is being exported to Vietnam — and beyond. Loggers are illegally felling rare and valuable trees to sell in China and Europe, ...

Kris Janssens
http://www.dw.com/en/corruption-fueling-deforestation-in-cambodia/a-42674051

NUS study: Cambodia deforestation increases child health issues

A team of researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) has found that the loss of dense forest in Cambodia is associated with higher risk of diarrhea, acute respiratory infection, and fever in children. ...

Kongleaphy Keam
https://aecnewstoday.com/2017/nus-study-cambodia-deforestation-increases-child-health-issues/#axzz4rClWtpl4

Tanker filled with timber

A petrol tanker truck was found with more than 2,000 pieces of luxury rosewood stashed inside its tank when it was intercepted by authorities in Phnom Penh last week, National Military Police spokesman Eng Hy said yesterday. ...

Soth Koemsoeun and Khouth Sophak Chakrya
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/tanker-filled-timber

Illegal timber loads seized

The Cambodia Royal Gendarmerie and Kratie provincial military police yesterday concluded a crackdown on a known timber smuggling route in Sambour district, confiscating nearly 100 pieces of wood equivalent to about 40 cubic metres. ...

Mom Sophon
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/40130/illegal-timber-loads-seized/

How Cambodia’s record deforestation is driving crippling drought

Massive deforestation is playing a crucial role in the droughts that have devastated Cambodia. But despite an official ban on timber exports, forests continue to be cut down at a record rate.The Cambodian government awarded between 30 and 40 logging concessions to private companies during ...

Euan Black
http://sea-globe.com/deforestation-drought-cambodia/

MFI loans used for illegal logging

A conservation NGO official yesterday said he planned to ask microfinance lenders to better scrutinise their loans after a spate of cases over the last month showed that such loans had been used by illegal loggers to purchase chainsaws and tractors for transporting timber. ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mfi-loans-used-illegal-logging

M’kiri logging allegations

About 1,000 hectares of protected forest in Mondulkiri province have been logged under the noses of environment officials, rights group Adhoc and community leaders said yesterday. ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mkiri-logging-allegations

Prey Lang still threatened

Alleged illegal logging and timber exports continue to happen in the Prey Lang forest, while drug trafficking in the area is also on the rise, according to the latest Prey Lang Com-munity Network (PLCN) report yesterday. The fifth monitoring report on the forest’s status from April ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/33233/prey-lang-still-threatened/

Forests being cleared: report

Ten trucks fully loaded with timber have been spotted entering a heavily guarded sawmill near the Lower Sesan II dam on an hourly basis, claimed a report by the Cambodian Human Rights Task Force (CHRTF), which was released yesterday. According to the report, photos taken from ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/31962/forests-being-cleared--report/

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