Biodiversity

Ecosystems

Four sent to court for bulldozing wetlands

The Kampong Thom provincial authorities sent four suspects to the provincial court on Monday after they were arrested the day before for clearing an area of flooded forest with a tractor in Khsach Chi Ros village, Kampong Kor commune, Kampong Svay district. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/four-sent-court-bulldozing-wetlands

Stop order but fulling of Kampot mangrove swamp continues

Despite a stop order issued to a prominent businessman, the mangrove forests, a vital source of the province Kampot eco system is again under threat as land fill has started again. The mangrove forests and swamps are located near the Prek Tnong fishing community in ...

CNE
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50681426/stop-order-but-fulling-of-kampot-mangrove-swamp-continues

Oddar Meanchey animals threatened

All species of animals in the Sorng Rukhavoan Wildlife Sanctuary are facing danger no thanks to night hunters, despite concerted efforts to stop the crimes, say activists and environment officials. The 30,254-hectare sanctuary spans across the Sorng Rukhavorn and Rattanak Rokha community forests, as well ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/oddar-meanchey-animals-threatened

NGOs decry vulture decline

Vultures in the Kingdom are facing an increasingly high risk of extinction as the birds have shown a 50 per cent decline in numbers since the late 2000s, a joint announcement from environmental organisations said on Saturday, quoting a report. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngos-decry-vulture-decline

Wildlife busts in Kingdom’s north

The Mondulkiri provincial Environment Department launched a campaign among the Banong, Krueng and Tumpuon ethnic communities to create awareness about the importance of wildlife to the ecology and tourism sector. The communities live close to wildlife sanctuaries. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya and Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/wildlife-busts-kingdoms-north

Asian demand for cement destroys stunning cliffs in Cambodia – pulverised for their limestone

Across the continent, a construction boom is driving record demand for a core constituent of cement – limestone – resulting in the utter destruction of unique and fragile ecosystems. ...

Per Liljas
https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2153922/asian-demand-cement-destroys-stunning-cliffs

Cambodia’s fisheries at risk due to hydropower development on Mekong, MRC warns

Hydropower development will likely deal a serious economic blow to Cambodia, with dire outlooks for its fisheries and rice outputs predicted even under best-case scenarios, according to key findings from the Mekong River Commission (MRC). ...

Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodias-fisheries-risk-due-hydropower-development-mekong-mrc-warns

Royal turtles are taken to conservation centre

After spending the last three months under the watchful eye of their own personal retinue of bodyguards, nine endangered royal turtles successfully broke free from their shells on Tuesday and were transferred to the Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Centre, where they will be raised. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya and Yesenia Amaro
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/royal-turtles-are-taken-conservation-centre

Shark fin trade swims on, despite ban

As a signatory to an international treaty to protect endangered species, Cambodia has made the sale of shark fins completely illegal. In practice, however, fins are sold openly and without repercussions from authorities. ...

Aisha Down
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/shark-fin-trade-swims-despite-ban-119162/

Concern over decline of Cambodia’s honeybees

Honeybees have a huge role in tropical ecosystems, but illegal logging and unsustainable honey harvesting are hurting their population. Honeybees have co-evolved with flowering plants and their overall health is an indicator of an ecosystem’s wellbeing. ...

Hong Chenda
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/concerns-over-decline-of-cambodia-honeybees/3191664.html

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