Environment and natural resources
Environment and natural resources policy and administration
Regional meet gauges ozone-depleting-substance phaseout progress
Ministry of Environment secretary of state Pak Sokharavuth from March 13-17 attended meetings of senior officials in charge of implementing the Montreal Protocol in Southeast Asia, including a “green customs” workshop on reporting and managing trade in ozone-depleting substances (ODS), in Vietnam’s Halong city. ...
MRC makes ‘historic breakthrough’ on hydropower and environment after years of talks
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) announced Tuesday the approval of a “milestone” document revising preliminary design guidance for hydropower projects and separate new guidelines on cross-border environmental impact assessments. ...
Khmer Times Staff
NGO wants Koh Kong Krao study made public
A petition requesting the report of a study on the Koh Kong Krao area and progress made in designating the area as a national marine park to be made public was submitted by the Mother Nature Movement to the Ministry of Environment. ...
Environment ministry considering establishing Cambodian climate finance mechanism
Cambodia has been studying a proposal to establish a Cambodian climate finance facility for it to contribute to the development of a low-carbon national economy and to respond to climate change. ...
Ministry holds climate workshop
The Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is holding a four-day workshop from July 12-15. ...
Monk seeks action after Banteng killed in Oddar Meanchey forest
An activist monk from the Sorng Rukhavoan Forest Community called on authorities to search for poachers who trapped and killed a banteng in Oddar Meanchey province’s Anlong Veng district on February 18. ...
Cambodia studies impacts of undersea fiber optic cables
The Kingdom is studying the environmental impacts from the construction of undersea fiber optic cables connecting Hong Kong to Preah Sihanouk province at a distance of over 300km. ...
Illegal wildlife snares pose big challenges
The Ministry of Environment remain committed to enforcing laws against the illegal wildlife trade in Cambodia. It said that in 2021, rangers and partner NGO officials removed a total of 61,611 snares installed in natural protected areas. The ministry said the number of snares found ...
Cambodia one of just 49 countries to submit climate strategy to UN
Cambodia on December 30 submitted its Carbon Long-Term Development Strategy (LTS4CN) to the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) , according to the Ministry of Environment. ...
Ministry of Water Resources: This week in the central lowlands may be flooded
During this week, some areas in the central lowlands of Cambodia may be flooded due to natural phenomena. This is according to the weather forecast of the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology. ...
Khouth Sophak Chakrya
Environment ministry talks green building certifications
The Ministry of Environment is discussing the first draft of their green building guidelines and certification in Cambodia. ...
Authorities seize back 700 hectares of grabbed land
Authorities have seized about 700 hectares of illegally grabbed protected forest land in Kampot province on the orders of Environment Minister Say Samal who was informed of the crimes during a visit to Bokor National Park on Monday. ...
Mondulkiri gold mine gets go ahead despite environmental risks
Fears that history may repeat itself and lead to yet more contamination of Cambodia’s rivers has been offset by the estimated $40 million the government will receive annually from Renaissance Minerals. ...
Ministries to cooperate on forest protection plan
Officials from multiple ministries will join administrators from the Royal Academy of Cambodia (RAC) for a visit this week to the Techo Sen Russey Treb Park in Preah Vihear province in preparation for setting up a joint mechanism to combat poaching and other forestry crimes. ...
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 ...
MoE on the lookout for biodiverse ecotourism spots
The Ministry of Environment and Tour Guides Association are working together to identify potential ecotourism spots in protected areas. ...
CSOs, communities request EIAs
Civil society organisations (CSOs) and communities have urged the government and relevant institutions to make Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) public, but officials say they are required to follow the policies of confidentiality of private firms. ...
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 ...
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 ...
50,000 hectares in two sanctuaries registered as state land
The Environment Ministry has registered more than 50,000 hectares of protected area of the Peam Krasop and Phnom Prich wildlife sanctuaries as state land in a bid to eliminate land disputes in conservation areas. ...