Environment and natural resources

Pursat wildlife sanctuary ups surveillance

The Ministry of Environment has installed ten additional cameras-traps  in Phnom Somkhos wildlife sanctuary, Pursat province, to see if the area needs to be protected further. ...

Buth Sela
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50817727/pursat-wildlife-sanctuary-ups-surveillance/

Concern over pollution as Yeak Loum Lake’s water changes colour

The water in Yeak Loum Lake, a main northeastern tourism site in Ratanakiri province, has changed its colour. . ...

Sar Socheath
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50816841/concern-over-pollution-as-yeak-loum-lakes-water-changes-colour/

New permanent landfill site, waste transfer station built

Construction of another new waste transfer station is underway to the north of Phnom Penh while a 50ha area to the west in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district is being planned as a new permanent landfill site as part of a strategy to address waste ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/new-permanent-landfill-site-waste-transter-station-built

Love Lake to be protected and developed under new sub-decree

“Love Lake”, also known as the Boeng Sne and Poantaley area, has now been listed as a multi-use site over multiple districts in Prey Veng province in order to protect and develop the area.  ...

Buth Sela
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50815239/love-lake-to-be-protected-and-developed-under-new-sub-decree/

Natural area selected as sustainable use park

The government has issued a sub-decree establishing the Tuolporn Taley Boeung Sne Multiple Use Area covering 3,557ha in one town and three districts of Prey Veng province.​ The sub-decree’s stated purpose is to ensure the preservation of the natural beauty, ecology, biodiversity, environment and culture while ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/natural-area-selected-sustainable-use-park

Waste management firms plan mobile service app

A meeting was held at Phnom Penh municipal hall discussing the establishment of a phone app for the solid waste management system.​ Phnom Penh municipal deputy governor Huot Hay headed the meeting on February 15 which was attended by representatives from Optistech Co Ltd and ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/waste-management-firms-plan-mobile-service-app

Wastewater treatment plant in Southern Phnom Penh to be built in late April

A wastewater treatment plant with the capacity of treating 5,000 cubic metres of wastewater per day will be constructed at the end of April 2021. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50814427/wastewater-treatment-plant-in-southern-phnom-penh-to-be-built-in-late-april/

MRC raises alarm over declining river water levels

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) on Friday raised the alarm about declining river water levels causing a negative impact on river transport, fish migration, agriculture irrigation and river weed collection. ...

Rhea Mae Soco
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50813971/mrc-raises-alarm-over-declining-river-water-levels/

Water levels in Mekong hit worrisome new lows

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has expressed concern that water levels in the river have dropped significantly, changing the colour of the water in some areas, and warned that this situation could impact agricultural production and wildlife migration in Cambodia and the other countries in ...

Lay Samean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/water-levels-mekong-hit-worrisome-new-lows

River Terns population on the rebound along Mekong

The population of River Terns continues to rise, having doubled in the past five years and spurring hopes for the species’ conservation, according to initial findings by researchers from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-Cambodia) who have begun conducting annual bird surveys. ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/river-terns-population-rebound-along-mekong

Kingdom vows to reduce emissions

Cambodia is focusing mainly on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to meet the country’s goal of reducing its emissions by 21 million tonnes per year in order to combat climate change, according to Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kingdom-vows-reduce-emissions

A 14.5kg critically endangered Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle released into the wild

The WCS Turtle Conservation Team and Community Fishery have recently released a critically endangered Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle into the wild safely. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50811903/a-14-5kg-critically-endangered-cantors-giant-softshell-turtle-released-into-the-wild/

Concern over bird hunting in Ratanakiri

Non-governmental organisation BirdLife International Cambodian Programme has expressed concern over threats to wetlands wildlife in Lumphat district of Ratanakiri province as more birds are being captured for human consumption in the dry season. ...

Rhea Mae Soco
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50811889/concern-over-bird-hunting-in-ratanakiri/

Fires torch property, forests

In the first week of February, fires in Phnom Penh and Pursat injured three people, ravaged two warehouses and damaged one school building with two cows inside killed. Wildfires in Siem Reap and Battambang provinces also burned over 100ha of protected forests.​ ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/fires-torch-property-forests

Cambodia’s rangers risk lives protecting environment

The 20 or so very fit men gathered deep in the forests of northeast Cambodia at the Tropaing Tear Base in the Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary. ...

Malis Tum
https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/cambodias-rangers-risk-lives-protecting-environment

'Drastic' declines in Cambodia’s endangered wildlife

WWF Cambodia released a report on January 15 saying the ungulate populations in two sanctuaries – Srepok and the neighboring Phnom Prich – had seen a drastic 10-year decline. ...

Aun Chhengpor & Malis Tum
https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/drastic-declines-cambodias-endangered-wildlife

Sihanoukville wastewater facility nearly complete

The Ministry of Public Works said on Saturday that the construction of a wastewater treatment plant in Sihanoukville is 93 percent complete. Minister of Public Works Sun Chanthol said during an inspection visit that the wastewater treatment plant will enhance the image of the coastal ...

Chea Vanyuth
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50811473/sihanoukville-wastewater-facility-nearly-complete/

Bird census shows absences and returns

Bird researchers and conservationists in Cambodia said the rare and endangered black-faced spoonbill remains elusive in the Boeung Prek Lapouv and Anlong Pring protected landscapes in southwestern Cambodia.   ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/bird-census-shows-absences-and-returns

Floating guard post to protect Irawaddy dolphins in Mekong

The Kratie provincial authority in collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Cambodia) is preparing to build a guard post in the Anlong Kampi area of the Mekong River in Chitr Borei district’s Sambok commune to watch for illegal fishing activities that may affect ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/floating-guard-post-protect-irawaddy-dolphins-mekong

Tonle Sap fishermen claim a decline in fishing yield due to environmental factors

Some fishermen living in core areas of the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve in Kampong Thom province claim that fishing yields have been declining over the last three years due to low water levels in the wet season, forest fires in the dry season and climate ...

Rhea Mae Soco
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50810402/tonle-sap-fishermen-claim-a-decline-in-fishing-yield-due-to-environmental-factors/

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