Environment and natural resources

Forests and forestry

Public warned against igniting forest fires

The public has been urged to stop using fires to collect bees, catch animals or clear land in forests. In a letter dated January 20, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said burning grasses and other unsanctioned activities like harvesting forests or clearing them for ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/public-warned-against-igniting-forest-fires

Rangers’ achievements honoured

The Ministry of Environment and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Cambodia) have provided certificates of excellence to six out of 100 rangers in Mondulkiri province as recognition for their outstanding efforts. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/rangers-achievements-honoured

Activist hit with $10K defamation fine

Environmental activist Kroeung Tola plans to appeal the Mondulkiri Provincial Court decision ordering him to pay 40 million riel ($10,000) in compensation to O’Raing district governor Siek Mony and four million riel to the state for public defamation. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/activist-hit-10k-defamation-fine

Cambodian conservationists monitoring grey-headed fish eagles

Conservationists have been monitoring the presence of Grey-headed Fish Eagles at their habitat, according to BirdLife International Cambodia Programme. “The Grey-headed Fish Eagle are suffering from habitat destruction and overfishing. In Lomphat wildlife sanctuary, our monitoring team usually recorded its presence and nesting near big ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50806073/cambodian-conservationists-monitoring-grey-headed-fish-eagles/

Conservation and tourism plans for protected park in Preah Vihear

The Royal Academy of Cambodia (RAC) is preparing Preah Vihear’s Techo Sen Russey Trep Park for domestic and international tourism and expects to open within three years. ...

Buth Sela
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50804751/conservation-and-tourism-plans-for-protected-park-in-preah-vihear/

Forestry crimes up last year, official vows law enforcement

Forestry crimes including logging, poaching and encroachment on state forest land for private ownership increased considerably last year despite stricter law enforcement, according to an annual report by the Ministry of Environment. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/forestry-crimes-last-year-official-vows-law-enforcement

Firm wins rights to ticket sales at Kirirom, Prek Toal

The Ministry of Environment awarded rights to ticket sales at Kirirom National Park and the Prek Toal bird sanctuary to locally-owned firm Lim Sok Cheng for 2021. Kirirom National Park covers 8,401ha in Kampong Speu province and is 44km from the provincial capital of the ...

Thou Vireak
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/firm-wins-rights-ticket-sales-kirirom-prek-toal

Gov’t calls on public to help with wildlife, forestry conservation

Minister of Environment Say Sam Al urged the public to prevent land disputes and contribute to forest and wildlife conservation in the Phnom Tnout-Phnom Pok Wildlife Sanctuary.   ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-calls-public-help-wildlife-forestry-conservation

Banteay Meanchey eyes mountains as potential natural heritage areas

Banteay Meanchey Provincial authorities are studying nine mountains in Malai, Preah Netr Preah, and Mongkol Borei districts, including Sisophon town, with the intention of listing them as natural heritage sites once the study is complete and a number of details have been settled. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/banteay-meanchey-eyes-mountains-potential-natural-heritage-areas

Forestry crimes on the rise

The Ministry of Environment on December 28 issued a report detailing crackdowns on illegal activities in protected natural areas and biodiversity conservation corridors. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/forestry-crimes-rise

Kampot to issue park land titles

The Kampot provincial authorities will grant land titles for 2,500 plots covering 6,649ha in Preah Monivong Bokor National Park to local residents who applied for official occupation and usage permits, according to the provincial Department of Environment director Suy Thea. ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kampot-issue-park-land-titles

Ministry looks into tycoon’s right to 400ha of mangroves

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is investigating whether a tycoon has the right to occupy more than 400ha of flooded mangrove forest in the Chrolong community area in Teuk La’ak commune in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nop district. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-looks-tycoons-right-400ha-mangroves

Rare species losing habitats

BirdLife International Cambodia Programme has expressed concern about the presence of humans that are possibly disrupting the nesting of lesser adjutant storks in Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary in Ratanakkiri province, a region under serious threat from habitat loss and disruption due to human activities. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/rare-species-losing-habitats

Slight increase in 2020 forest crime cases

The Forestry Administration said yesterday that forestry crime, mostly timber and wildlife, has increased 19 percent in 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. ...

Tith Kongnov
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50793602/slight-increase-in-2020-forest-crime-cases/

Forest crime report released

The National Committee for the Prevention and Crackdown on Natural Resource Crimes, in collaboration with environment and Forestry Administration officials, cracked down on 3,312 forest crimes and arrested 228 offenders from December 2019 to November this year. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/forest-crime-report-released

Court to rule on sanctuary landgrab cases

The Preah Vihear Provincial Court has set tentative dates in December this year to announce the verdicts for three separate wildlife sanctuary land grab cases, which happened last year. Provincial court spokeswoman Chum Kaniya said on December 10 that the court’s investigating judge had heard ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/court-rule-sanctuary-landgrab-cases

No large-scale forest crimes in Kingdom, officials claim

The National Committee for the Prevention and Crackdown of Natural Resource Crimes still claims there are no large-scale forest crimes in the Kingdom, despite forest activists saying that logging is taking place because people are unemployed. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/no-large-scale-forest-crimes-kingdom-officials-claim

Prey Lang forest activists concern over illegal logging amid C-19

Forest protection activists in Kampong Thom province have expressed concern over increased illegal logging in Prey Lang forest as authorities are preoccupied with the recent COVID-19 situation. ...

Tith Kongnov
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50789283/prey-lang-forest-activists-concern-over-illegal-logging-amid-c-19/

Two rare tree species identified in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary

Two rare tree species believed to be endangered were discovered in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in the northeastern provinces of Mondulkiri and Kratie, according to an announcement released by the Wildlife Conservation Society in Cambodia (WCS Cambodia) on November 17. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/two-rare-tree-species-identified-keo-seima-wildlife-sanctuary

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