Environment and natural resources

Forests and forestry

NGO urges closure of Kampong Speu logging roads

Environmental watchdog ACNCIPO director Chea Hean has requested the service of Kampong Speu provincial officials to help close logging roads in the Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary and the Central and Southern Cardamom National Parks. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngo-urges-closure-kampong-speu-logging-roads

‘Logging rampant despite pandemic’

Forest activists claimed they had observed more cases of deforestation in the Prey Lang area than before the Covid-19 outbreak. They alleged that three companies had sent workers to log and transport timber with no crackdown by the relevant authorities. ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/logging-rampant-despite-pandemic

A man detained for trapping wildlife

The provincial court of Mondulkiri province on Tuesday evening ordered police officers to temporarily detain a man in prison accused of “trapping wildlife” in Sre Pork Wildlife Sanctuary ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://bit.ly/2ULWhbW

Soldiers, residents trade blame over illegal logging in Mondulkiri

Indigenous people in Mondulkiri province plan to file a complaint with the provincial court against a military officer from the Army Base “K1” in O’Raing district’s Dak Dam commune, for clearing forest land for personal ownership within the Phnom Nam Lear Wildlife Sanctuary.​ ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/soldiers-residents-trade-blame-over-illegal-logging-mondulkiri

Eight charged over protected land encroachment

Stung Treng Provincial Court has jailed eight villagers accused of encroaching a protected area in Thala Barivat district. They were charged under Article 62 of the Law on Environmental Protection and Natural Resource Management. ...

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50705624/eight-charged-over-protected-land-encroachment/

NGOs unite to protect 937ha forest in Kampong Speu

Wildlife Alliance Cambodia (WAC) and the Prambei Mom Forest Community (PMFC) have united to protect a forest area spanning 937ha across Kampong Speu province to conserve its broad biodiversity. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngos-unite-protect-937ha-forest-kampong-speu

Officials examine timber company for irregularities

After winning the rights to transfer large shipments of timber from Mondulkiri province to the rest of Cambodia, Try Pheap Import Export Co Ltd is being examined by 10 officials to ensure there are no irregularities in its operation, Mondulkiri provincial forestry administration director Um ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/officials-examine-timber-company-irregularities

Court releases forest activists accused of trespassing

The Kratie provincial court on Monday released four forest activists after protesters outside the court demanded their release. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/court-releases-forest-activists-accused-trespassing

Organisations denounce arrest of activists for alleged trespassing

The winner of the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize along with three other forestry activists were sent to the Kratie provincial court yesterday after Korean-owned Think Biotech Cambodia Co Ltd accused them of trespassing on company premises. ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50702058/organisations-denounce-arrest-of-activists-for-alleged-trespassing/

Cambodia to propose five natural areas as UNESCO World Heritage sites

Preparations by the Ministry of Environment and relevant ministries are underway for the submission of a list containing five natural sites in Cambodia, which are targeted to make UNESCO’s World Heritage List. ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50699625/cambodia-to-propose-five-natural-areas-as-unesco-world-heritage-sites

Former land director in pre-trial detention following ACU arrest

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday placed a former director of the Preah Sihanouk provincial land management department in pre-trial detention after he was charged with abuse of power and committing forestry crimes during his two-year stint in office. ...

Sun Mesa
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50698582/former-land-director-in-pre-trial-detention-following-acu-arrest

Government declares forest in Ratanakiri as protected area

The government has decided to designate the Yak Om Yak Kara Lake in Ratanakiri province as a protected area to preserve natural resources. According to a government sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday, the designation for the lake and forest area covering ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50696039/government-declares-forest-in-ratanakiri-as-protected-area

Bulldozers seized from five VN loggers in Mondulkiri

Mondulkiri provincial authorities have seized several bulldozers from five Vietnamese nationals who were set to clear forest land near the Nam Lea Wildlife Sanctuary in O’Raing district’s Dak Dam commune on Tuesday. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/bulldozers-seized-five-vn-loggers-mondulkiri

Timber found hidden under cassava in Kampong Thom

Kampong Thom provincial authorities are looking for a lorry owner and a driver who escaped after joint forces stopped it while it illegally transported timber on Sunday in Prasat Balang district. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/timber-found-hidden-under-cassava-kampong-thom

Man charged with illegal hunting in Mondulkiri sanctuary

The Mondulkiri Provincial Court has charged a Vietnamese man for shooting wildlife in the Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary in Koh Nhek district after rangers arrested him while he and his accomplices hunted and snared a peacock. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/man-charged-illegal-hunting-mondulkiri-sanctuary

Illegal logging report disputed in Kampong Speu

Civil society organisation ACNCIPO director Chea Hean said on Thursday that he has discovered a resurgence of large-scale logging within areas of the South Cardamom Mountains in Kampong Speu province’s Oral district, a claim shot down by authorities. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/illegal-logging-report-disputed-kampong-speu

Two summoned over Mondulkiri forest clearing

The Mondulkiri Provincial Court has summoned two suspects to appear in court over the alleged hiring of five villagers to clear forest land last week at the northeast biodiversity conservation corridor in Koh Nhek district. Provincial court spokesman Meas Bros told The Post that on February ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/two-summoned-over-mondulkiri-forest-clearing

Village leader confesses to illegal logging allowances in Siem Reap

Banteay Srei district governor Khim Finan has issued fines of 12 million riel ($3,000) to 10 villages and a formal warning to a village chief for illegal logging in Skun village, Tbeng commune, Banteay Srei district, Siem Reap province. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/village-leader-confesses-illegal-logging-allowances-siem-reap

Ministry inspires youth to preserve natural resource

The Environment Ministry held a tree-planting drive in Kampong Thom province to mark Valentine’s Day by encouraging youths to love and protect natural resources. A religious ceremony was held to mark five huge trees and protect them from being cut down. Attendees were also told ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50691806/ministry-inspires-youth-to-preserve-natural-resource

Sanctuary chief accused of allowing logging

The Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary chief in Mondulkiri province has been accused of allowing illegal timber factories to operate in the protected zone. Activist Kroeung Tola on Tuesday said in a Facebook post that Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary chief Pen Pheaktra was permitting illegal timber factories to ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sanctuary-chief-accused-allowing-logging

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