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Environment and natural resources

Forests and forestry

Four arrested for illegal rosewood

Police in Pursat province’s Veal Veng district arrested four men yesterday, accused of transporting nearly 400 kilogrammes of rosewood from a protected forest area without permission. ...

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50835694/four-arrested-for-illegal-rosewood/

Youth group claims illegal loggers have raided Roka

A senior Ministry of Environment official has rejected the Cambodian Youth Network (CYN) report detailing 100 illegal logging incidents they claim took place in early 2021 in Prey Preah Roka Wildlife Sanctuary in Preah Vihear province. ...

Lay Samean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/youth-group-claims-illegal-loggers-have-raided-roka

Cambodia considered as good REDD+ implementing country

Cambodia has been considered as a country implementing the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) well. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50829171/cambodia-considered-as-good-redd-implementing-country/

Activist alleges ranger ‘inaction’

Forestry crimes are still occurring in the Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary and the National Park in the Cardamom Mountains in Pursat province, a prominent environment activist said. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/activist-alleges-ranger-inaction

Kampong Speu warns of legal action against loggers at national park

Kampong Speu provincial authorities have warned against logging and forest land clearing in Suramarit-Kossamak National Park “Kirirom”. Authorities have also said they would enforce the law, but the clearing of the forest has continued even though authorities have issued a series of letters revoking land ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kampong-speu-warns-legal-action-against-loggers-national-park

Eight new community areas to be protected

Cambodia is to register eight new Community Protected Areas (CPAs) in order to protect and conserve natural resources in the country, according to the Ministry of Environment. ...

Mao Chanvireak
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50829160/eight-new-community-areas-to-be-protected/

130 storks die due to suspected pesticides

Around 130 storks in Boeng Sne Tuol Porntaley, Prey Veng province, in Ba Phnom district’s Theay commune, have died between March 17 and Sunday, due to suspected poisoning by pesticides. ...

Mao Chanvireak
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50828740/130-storks-die-due-to-suspected-pesticides/

Officials probe death of wild birds at Prey Veng sanctuary

Experts from the Prey Veng provincial Department of Environment are searching for and collecting dead wild birds in the Tuol Porn Taley Boeung Sne conservation area to determine the cause of death after villagers and local authorities reported that hundreds of birds had died for ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/officials-probe-death-wild-birds-prey-veng-sanctuary

Centuries-old trees to be preserved

After the discovery of about 100 large, centuries-old trees in Keo Seima wildlife sanctuary in Mondulkiri province, Ministry of Environment officials and rangers have set up protection and conservation measures to protect. ...

Kim Sarom
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/centuries-old-trees-be-preserved

Environment ministry, CYN launch ‘Forest Restoration' campaign

The Ministry of Environment, relevant institutions and the Cambodian Youth Network (CYN) on March 21 launched an online Cambodian forest projection campaign to celebrate World Forest Day under the theme “Forest Restoration” to show the public the importance of forests for mankind. ...

Lay Samean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/environment-ministry-cyn-launch-forest-restoration-campaign

Ministry calls on the stop of ill-willed advocacy under the name of environmental protection

The Ministry of Environment has reiterated the government’s solid commitment in natural resource conservation, and called on the stop of any ill-willed campaign under the name of “environmental protection”. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50827084/ministry-calls-on-the-stop-of-ill-willed-advocacy-under-the-name-of-environmental-protection/

Six illegal logging tractors seized

Svay Leu district forestry administration office in Siem Reap province has given a month’s notice to the owners of homemade tractors impounded last week for transporting illegal timber. Authorities warned that if no action was taken the administration would take the case to court. ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/six-illegal-logging-tractors-seized

Kampong Speu reclaims 266ha state land

The Kampong Speu provincial authorities are working to identify land grabbers after reclaiming more than 266ha of land at nine sites in Oral district’s Tasal and Trapaing Chor communes as state property. ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kampong-speu-reclaims-266ha-state-land

Gov’t rejects logging claims

The Ministry of Environment has rejected reports by Amnesty International and the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) that large-scale illegal logging has increased in Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary since PLCN was banned from patrolling the area. ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-rejects-logging-claims

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/

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

Forest crimes drop in protected areas

Twenty-two cases connected with illegal forest clearance and wild animal and timber poaching in the Phnom Tnout-Phnom Pok Wildlife Sanctuary were sent to court for prosecution last year, a decline of 50 per cent over 2019. ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/forest-crimes-drop-protected-areas

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