Environment and natural resources

Environment and natural resources policy and administration

Environmental code aims to safeguard natural resources

A new plan to protect the environment started taking shape yesterday when the Environment Ministry held a workshop to discuss ideas on how to convert numerous laws into a single code to govern the county’s natural resources. It is expected the process will take two years ...

Ros Chanveasna
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/23704/environmental-code-aims-to-safeguard-natural-resources/

Police block families of mother nature activists during march

Security forces on Thursday blocked two mothers and a wife of jailed activists from the environmental group Mother Nature from walking to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house to protest their family members’ imprisonment, before a representative of the premier’s cabinet chastised them for using the ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/police-block-families-of-mother-nature-activists-during-march-110706/

Lancang-Mekong Cooperation vital to regional stability, boosting economic development: Cambodia

With the inaugural Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) leaders’ meeting scheduled to open next week in China, Cambodia said the LMC is important for all Lancang-Mekong countries to maintain regional peace and stability and to boost economic development. ...

Xin Hua Team
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-03/19/c_135203233.htm

Kingdom ranks low on global green list

Cambodia has performed poorly in the 2016 edition of a recent environmental report, ranking a dismal 146 out of 180 countries.The Kingdom returned one of the lowest Environmental Performance Index (EPI) scores in the region, narrowly edging ahead of Myanmar and Laos. ...

Erin Handley
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kingdom-ranks-low-global-green-list

Polluters hurt Kingdom: study

Cambodia is suffering disproportionately from the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions from more developed nations, according to a new study published in the journal Nature on Friday. ...

Igor Kossov
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/polluters-hurt-kingdom-study

Tbong Khmum timber warehouses raide

Authorities yesterday raided several logging warehouses in the country’s east, just days after Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered a crackdown on illegal timber smuggling into Vietnam. ...

Mech Dara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/tbong-khmum-timber-warehouses-raided

Herd of endangered Asian elephants captured on camera in Cambodia

A herd of at least 12 endangered Asian elephants, including young, has been caught grazing and roaming around the Cambodia’s largest protected forest in a remarkable camera trap footage, according to the Conservation International’s statement seen on Saturday.   ...

Xinhua team
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/20011/herd-of-endangered-asian-elephants-captured-on-camera-in-cambodia/

Forecast stormy for Mekong, commission says

With the threat of climate change, a long-lasting drought, and contentious dam construction in Laos, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) has its work cut out for the rest of the year. Composed of delegates from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, the MRC is in charge ...

Jonathan Cox
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/19880/forecast-stormy-for-mekong--commission-says/

Gov’t warns big dry spell, extreme weather coming

The country is headed for a prolonged dry spell for the first half of next year as the El Nino weather phenomenon hits hard, the government warned yesterday, urging people to put water conservation plans into effect now. ...

Taing Vida
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/19069/gov---t-warns-big-dry-spell--extreme-weather-coming/

Monitoring of airport carbon footprints begins

As airline passenger numbers in the country rocket, Cambodia has taken its first step toward greener air travel by earning the initial level of accreditation from a body that monitors the carbon footprint of airports. ...

Jamie Elliott
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/monitoring-airport-carbon-footprints-begins

WWF campaign airs dark possibilities at border

Over 200 people gathered on Friday from across Cambodia to join in a campaign against the construction of the Don Sahong Dam, which has been ongoing in the past month on one of the major channels of the Mekong at the Cambodia-Lao border. The campaign, ...

Aisha Down
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/18634/wwf-campaign-airs-dark-possibilities-at-border/

Elephant finally makes it to Mondolkiri sanctuary

After nearly two months tied to a tree near the Lumphat district office in Ratanakkiri province, a female elephant has finally been rehoused by the Mondolkiri Project Elephant Sanctuary, which purchased the animal in early October, according to the sanctuary’s founder. ...

Taylor O'Connell
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/elephant-finally-makes-it-to-mondolkiri-sanctuary-102343/

Youth gather to talk about climate change

On the eve of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, about 140 young people gathered in Phnom Penh on Sunday to discuss the effects of climate change on Cambodia and ways that it can be mitigated. ...

Aria Danaparamita
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/youth-gather-to-talk-about-climate-change-101452/

Banana, lotus leaves touted as plastic bag replacements

The future of disposable packaging is banana leaves, according to the government and Unesco, which on Friday launched a campaign to “Make My Country Plastic Bag Free.” ...

Khy Sovuthy and Matt Blomberg
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/banana-lotus-leaves-touted-as-plastic-bag-replacements-101419/

Mekong river dolphin faces added threat of Laos dam

Conservation experts and residents in Kratie province say they are concerned for the wellbeing of the Mekong River dolphin, especially if a major hydropower project is built upstream. Only about 80 Mekong dolphins are estimated to now live in Cambodia, down from 200 in 1997. ...

Socheata Hean
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/mekong-river-dolphin-faces-added-threat-of-laos-dam/3060297.html

Mekong locals seek a voice on Don Sahong

More than 6,400 residents of Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia have signed and thumb-printed a statement on the Don Sahong Dam project, airing concerns ranging from the river’s diminishing fish stocks to the lack of transparency of the Mekong River Commission. The statement, presented last week ...

Aisha Down and Chea Vannak
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/17834/mekong-locals-seek-a-voice-on-don-sahong/

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