Environment and natural resources

Environment Ministry releases report on natural resource crimes

The Ministry of Environment released an 18th month report stating 747 wildlife have been rescued and 206 wild animals were found dead in the Cardamom Mountains. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50744401/environment-ministry-releases-report-on-natural-resource-crimes/

15,625 luxurious tree saplings planted in Siem Reap

Some 15,625 luxurious trees have been planted in Siem Reap province to cheer the annual Arbour Day on July 9.Some 15,625 luxurious trees have been planted in Siem Reap province to cheer the annual Arbour Day on July 9. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50743837/15625-luxurious-tree-saplings-planted-in-siem-reap/

Snaring may spawn diseases

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has warned that snaring of animals has become a crisis that poses a serious risk to wildlife in Southeast Asia and could spawn the transmission of zoonotic diseases to humans. Its July 9 report entitled Silence of the Snares: Southeast Asia’s ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/snaring-may-spawn-diseases

Ministry bans wild orchid trade

Trade of wild orchid flowers, typically found in the Kingdom’s protected areas, has officially been banned following yesterday’s announcement by the Ministry of Environment. ...

Va Sonyka
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50743810/ministry-bans-wild-orchid-trade/

Community participation in protection of forests urged on National Arbor Day

Prime Minister Hun Sen called on all citizens to participate in protecting the forest, environment and plant more tree saplings for the benefit of future generations, as he marked National Arbor Day yesterday. ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50743342/community-participation-in-protection-of-forests-urged-on-national-arbor-day/

Kampong Speu to reclaim national park land

Kampong Speu province is set to reclaim land in the Kirirom National Park after accusations from locals that environmental officers had encroached on 2ha of it.​ The statement came from provincial governor Vei Samnang who vowed to get to the bottom of the matter. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kampong-speu-reclaim-national-park-land

VN firm implicated in lake poisoning

Ratanakkiri provincial environment officers plan to inspect a lake after a fishing community accused a Vietnamese company of dumping bananas and plastic waste in it, poisoning the fish. The authorities said the company had removed all its waste, but the recent reports have led to ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/vn-firm-implicated-lake-poisoning

Police visit Phnum Prech to inspect logging

Indigenous people in Mondulkiri province called in the police and environment officials to visit a logging site in the Phnum Prech Wildlife Sanctuary after reports to a village leader were acted upon. Pu Neav village secretary Liv Kheam said on Monday that 10 indigenous people ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/police-visit-phnum-prech-inspect-logging

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

‘No to corruption amid state-land distribution’: PM

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday warned of legal action against anyone caught taking advantage of state-mandated land distributions, two days after he ordered several ministries to oversee the transfer of state-protected land to its long-term occupants. ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50741609/no-to-corruption-amid-state-land-distribution-pm/

Endangered gibbons released into the wild

As part of an ambitious rewilding project in the forest surrounding the iconic Angkor Wat, a pair of endangered pileated gibbons were released yesterday by the  Apsara Authority, the Forestry Administration and conservation NGO Wildlife Alliance. This is the third pair of pileated gibbons that ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50740974/endangered-gibbons-released-into-the-wild/

‘Reuse-ful’ ways to solve Cambodia’s waste problem

In 2018, Khmer Times reported a 10 percent increase per year in waste generated by the Kingdom. In 2019, Phnom Penh alone generated up to 3,000 tonnes of waste daily – with Cambodia as a whole producing over 10,000 tonnes – the equivalent to 3.6 million ...

Tom Starkey
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50739896/reuse-ful-ways-to-solve-cambodias-waste-problem/

All clear for construction of 700MW coal plant

A 700 MW coal-fired power plant in Preah Sihanouk province is set to begin construction soon, as authorities announce they have completed an environmental and social impact review. The $1.3 billion project is developed by Cambodia International Investment Development Group Co Ltd (CIIDG), in coordination ...

Thou Vireak
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/all-clear-construction-700mw-coal-plant

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

Koh Rong land ‘belongs to firm’

Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration spokesperson Kheang Phearum told The Post on Sunday that the 35ha being bulldozed by Royal Group Co Ltd in Koh Rong belongs to it after it was leased to it for 99 years by the government in 2008. ...

Voun Dara
https://opendevelopmentcambodia.net/news/former-undersecretary-of-state-charged-over-1000-hectare-grab/

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?

Working group working to improve forest community

The Ministry of Environment has created a working group to research and present a proposal to minister Say Sam Al on strategies, plans, projects and best practices to help improve the living standards of people in protected areas. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/working-group-working-improve-forest-community

Charcoal kilns destroyed

Kampong Speu police and the NGO ACNCIPO on Monday destroyed 117 illegal charcoal kilns in Oral district’s Tasal commune. The owners were required to sign a contract promising to stop the activities, which are taking place in the Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/charcoal-kilns-destroyed

Police probe land grab at Preah Vihear sanctuary

The Preah Vihear provincial Department of Environment and Rovieng district officials are working to identify a group of people who allegedly cleared 200ha at Boeung Pea wildlife sanctuary and bring them to justice. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/police-probe-land-grab-preah-vihear-sanctuary

Rescued wildlife set free in protected area

The Phnom Tamao Zoological Park and Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC) and the Pursat provincial Fisheries Administration have released five smooth otters, six dark-grey monkeys and 250 lesser whistling ducks to protected areas in Raingtoel Commune’s Kaoh Ka’ek village in Pursat’s Kandieng district. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/rescued-wildlife-set-free-protected-area

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