Environment and natural resources

Cambodia rejects UN human rights criticism of “Harsh penalty” of Mother Nature activists

The Permanent Mission of Cambodia to the United Nations dismissed the comments made by UN Human Rights spokesperson Thameen Al-Kheetan who urged the government “to review the charges” of the 10 Mother Nature environmental activists as it was “highly prejudicial” against the integrity of Cambodia’s ...

Ly Rosslan
https://cambojanews.com/cambodia-rejects-un-human-rights-criticism-of-harsh-penalty-of-mother-nature-activists/

A decade of effort: Restoring the Tonle Sap flooded forests

In a remarkable ten-year effort, Conservation International Cambodia (CI Cambodia) has restored approximately 600 hectares of the Tonle Sap’s flooded forest, a critical ecosystem within Cambodia’s largest freshwater lake. ...

Hong Raksmey
https://m.phnompenhpost.com/national/a-decade-of-effort-restoring-the-tonle-sap-flooded-forests

A decade of effort: Restoring the Tonle Sap flooded forests

In a remarkable ten-year effort, Conservation International Cambodia (CI Cambodia) has restored approximately 600 hectares of the Tonle Sap’s flooded forest, a critical ecosystem within Cambodia’s largest freshwater lake. ...

Hong Raksmey
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/a-decade-of-effort-restoring-the-tonle-sap-flooded-forests

Green Sprouts three-day distribution event in full swing

The Ministry of Environment, partner organisations and the private sector are distributing over 40,000 saplings over a period of three days during the “Green Sprouts” exhibition and distribution event, held in concert with the 4th National Orchid Forum. ...

Phak Seangly
https://m.phnompenhpost.com/national/green-sprouts-three-day-distribution-event-in-full-swing

Council of Ministers approves 2024-2028 disaster planning

The government has approved a comprehensive disaster risk reduction action plan for 2024–2028, addressing a range of natural and man-made disasters, including floods, storms, droughts, fires and building collapses, many of which have been exacerbated by climate change. r ...

Hang Punreay
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501519085/council-of-ministers-approves-2024-2028-disaster-planning/

Five communities were trained to develop reports and minutes

A primary objective of NatureLife Cambodia (NLC) is to build the capacity of committees of Community Protected Areas (CPA) and Community-Based Organizations (CBO) for effective site management. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501517350/five-communities-were-trained-to-develop-reports-and-minutes/

Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary’s biodiversity awareness raising

Recently, WCS’s wildlife monitoring team leads an educational campaign to raise awareness of the importance of wildlife and biodiversity conservation to local communities and students inside and around Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501517348/keo-seima-wildlife-sanctuarys-biodiversity-awareness-raising/

Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary’s biodiversity awareness raising

Recently, WCS’s wildlife monitoring team leads an educational campaign to raise awareness of the importance of wildlife and biodiversity conservation to local communities and students inside and around Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501517348/keo-seima-wildlife-sanctuarys-biodiversity-awareness-raising/

Minister praises Mekong dolphin conservation, amid concerns over rising deaths

While the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has stated that the death of Mekong River dolphins is on the decline, World Wildlife Fund Cambodia (WWF) has stated that cases have continued to rise in the last three years. ...

Kuch Sikol
https://kiripost.com/stories/the-minister-praises-mekong-dolphin-conservation-amid-concerns-over-rising-deaths

Phnom Penh court issues six to eight years jail sentence on Mother Nature activists, four arrested outside

On Tuesday morning, four out of 10 Mother Nature activists were arrested shortly after the Phnom Penh Municipal Court dropped its verdict on them for insulting the King and plotting to overthrow the government. ...

CamboJA News
https://cambojanews.com/phnom-penh-court-issues-six-to-eight-years-jail-sentence-on-mother-nature-activists-four-arrested-outside/

Tina confirms increase in Cambodia’s dolphin population, now approximately 105

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Dith Tina confirmed that the number of Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) in Cambodia has increased, with the current population estimated at around 105. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/tina-confirms-increase-in-cambodia-s-dolphin-population-now-approximately-105

Pursat prepares relocation area for residents of Phnom 1500 eco-tourism site

Pursat provincial authorities are preparing a new location of over 150 hectares for people who volunteer to relocate from the Phnom 1500 eco-tourism site and have given 30 days to those who have not yet agreed to abide by the government’s land policy and move. ...

Phak Seangly
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pursat-prepares-relocation-area-for-residents-of-phnom-1500-eco-tourism-site

SEAPAW unveils new wave of water and climate adaptation

The region’s first platform aimed at strengthening water resilience across Southeast Asia while bolstering climate resilience has been launched in the form of the Southeast Asia Partnership for Adaptation through Water (SEAPAW). ...

Marissa Carruthers
https://kiripost.com/stories/seapaw-unveils-new-wave-of-water-and-climate-adaptation

$660M Bakheng plant bolsters capital’s water supply

The Cambodian government spent about $660 million for the three phases of the Bakheng water treatment plant which aimed to meet the growing demand for clean water in Phnom Penh and nearby Takhmao City of Kandal province. ...

Chea Vanyuth
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501512184/660m-bakheng-plant-bolsters-capitals-water-supply/

World Bank approves major investment in water security for Cambodia

The bank said in a news release that over 113,000 people in Cambodia are expected to benefit from better water supply infrastructure following the approval on June 21 of a new World Bank-supported project. ...

AKP
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501510586/world-bank-approves-major-investment-in-water-security-for-cambodia/

MRC members see 61 projects along the Mekong River and its tributaries

Cambodia and Thailand have the fewest infrastructure projects on the Mekong or its tributaries among the four member countries of the Mekong River Commission (MRC). According to the commission, there are a total of 61 projects on the tributaries and the main body of one ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mrc-members-see-61-projects-along-the-mekong-river-and-its-tributaries

Environment ministry plans large-scale seedling nursery in Phnom Kulen National Park

The Ministry of Environment has finalised a feasibility study and plans to build a large-scale nursery in Preah Jayavarman-Norodom Phnom Kulen National Park, spanning three hectares, which can produce three million seedlings per year. ...

Phak Seangly
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/environment-ministry-plans-large-scale-seedling-nursery-in-phnom-kulen-national-park

Mother Nature activists produce live podcast before hearing, urge court to summon founder to trial

Five environmental activists, charged with insulting the King and plotting against the government, produced a 30-minute podcast live on Facebook just before their third hearing to prove their innocence. ...

Khuon Narim and Seoung Nimol
https://cambojanews.com/mother-nature-activists-produce-live-podcast-before-hearing-urge-court-to-summon-founder-to-trial/

PWSA profit rises 35.62% in Q1

Public-listed Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PWSA) recently declared a profit of KHR 52.09 billion ($12.59 million) for the first quarter (Q1) of 2024, a rise of 35.62 percent compared to the same period last year. ...

Manoj Mathew
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501504460/pwsa-profit-rises-35-62-in-q1/

Bush meat still on the ‘unwritten’ menu despite joint efforts to curb poaching

Wildlife outside the zoo is hard to spot without camera traps, but their meat can be found on unwritten menus – through the whispers of sellers – in some local restaurants in Koh Kong and several other provinces. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/bush-meat-still-on-the-unwritten-menu-despite-joint-efforts-to-curb-poaching

Hunt on for illegal Pursat loggers as timber discovered

Battambang provincial Department of Environment is hunting for the individuals involved in the transportation of more than 13 cubic metres of luxury timber that was seized near the Chrok Chang Eath ranger station in Prey Thom village of Samlot district’s Kampong Lpov commune on June ...

Phak Seangly
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hunt-on-for-illegal-pursat-loggers-as-timber-discovered

Smart waste collection mobile-app pilot launched in Siem Reap

Smart waste collection through the mobile app “Smart Clean Siem Reap” was launched as a pilot project in four villages in Siem Reap town’s Slakram commune on June 5. ...

Phak Seangly
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/smart-waste-collection-mobile-app-pilot-launched-in-siem-reap

Ministry, partners launch a tool to understand climate risks

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), a Consultative Group on the International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) on Asian Mega-Deltas (AMD), in collaboration with the General Department of Agriculture (GDA), launched the “Climate Smart Map” (CS-Map), to guide local-level assessment and planning for climate resilience. ...

Tith Kongnov
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501500241/ministry-partners-launch-a-tool-to-understand-climate-risks/

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