Environment and natural resources

Forests and forestry

Environment Minister: Stealing state land cannot be hidden; stop immediately

Eang Sophalleth, Minister of Environment, ordered the illegal encroachment on state forest land to stop immediately because this violation cannot be hidden. The Royal Government of Cambodia is paying close attention to and strictly implementing transparent legal measures and efficiency. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501476636/environment-minister-stealing-state-land-cannot-be-hidden-stop-immediately/

Satellite tech to boost forest, natural resource protection

Minister of Environment Eang Sophalleth emphasised the critical importance of protecting forests and natural resources, asserting that it is a top priority for the ministry and stressing the need for modern technology to combat illegal activities in these areas. ...

Kim Yutharo
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/satellite-tech-to-boost-forest-natural-resource-protection

Deforestation crackdown in Pursat yields large seizures

Eight people have been reprimanded and one suspect has been sent to court during the beginning of a 30-day campaign against state land occupation and deforestation in Pursat province. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/deforestation-crackdown-in-pursat-yields-large-seizures

Royal gendarmerie arrests 11 Pursat residents in wildlife crime crackdown

Cambodia’s Royal Gendarmerie arrested 11 Pursat province residents Tuesday after the military force deployed nearly 300 of its officers to crack down on natural resource crimes. ...

Eung Sea
https://cambojanews.com/royal-gendarmerie-arrests-11-pursat-residents-in-wildlife-crime-crackdown/

Forest Administration team conduct wildlife survey

NatureLife Cambodia and O Rey Community Protected Area (CPA) collaborated with the national and provincial forest administration team and Hong Anh Lumphat economic land concession to study the presentation of wildlife in Hong Anh Lumphat economic land concession on 10 February 2024. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501446894/forest-administration-team-conduct-wildlife-survey/

Ministry to create more communities to protect forest

The Ministry of Environment plans to establish at least 10 additional natural resource protection communities by year-end and in subsequent years to improve the livelihoods of communities and contribute to prevention of forest crime at the local level.​ ...

Hang Punreay
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501440112/ministry-to-create-more-communities-to-protect-forest/

Ministry invests $250,000 to protect natural resources last year

Last year the Ministry of Environment provided $250,000 in funding for the protection of natural resources and improving the lives of local communities. The funding is intended to encourage citizens to help prevent forest crime in Cambodia. ...

Hang Punreay
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501438766/ministry-invests-250000-to-protect-natural-resources-last-year/

Conservation Group’s Militarized Forest Patrol Clashes With Villagers in Preah Vihear

A man in camouflage pants and a shirt labeled “U.S. Army” lunges at a villager, swinging a rattan stick in his right hand, handcuffs in his left. ...

Leila Goldstein and Sovann Sreypich
https://cambojanews.com/conservation-groups-militarized-forest-patrol-clashes-with-villagers-in-preah-vihear/

More than 25 hectares of forest cover were restored in Mondulkiri in 2023

In implementing the forest rehabilitation project as part of the Royal Government of Cambodia’s National Environmental Strategic Plan, USAID-Morodok Baitang and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment have achieved a number of forest cover restores with 25.44 hectares and 27,125 ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501436558/more-than-25-hectares-of-forest-cover-were-restored-in-mondulkiri-2023/

Cambodia loses 31% of protected Areas’ trees in one decade

Cambodia lost 31 percent of tree cover from its wildlife sanctuary protected areas between 2001 and 2022, and more than 100,000 hectares (ha) in 2022, equivalent to 1.2 percent, according to a Citizens Engaged in Environmental Justice for All (CEEJA) report.  ...

Thang Sinorn
https://kiripost.com/stories/cambodia-loses-31-of-protected-areas-trees-in-one-decade

Manet pledges ongoing protection for Tonle Sap

Prime Minister Hun Manet has committed to the continued protection of the Tonle Sap Lake, while also reiterating the government’s measures to support Cambodian farmers. ...

Sok Raksa
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/manet-pledges-ongoing-protection-for-tonle-sap

Ministry creates 193 nature protection communities in five years

The Ministry of Environment has established 193 protected area communities for biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, culture and promotion of national economic development. ...

Hang Punreay
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501431758/ministry-creates-193-nature-protection-communities-in-five-years/

Ministry advances community-led forest protection

Providing economic independence to communities in protected areas and empowering local authorities to intervene in cases of natural resource crimes is key to the success and sustainability of development projects. The approach also aligns with the goals of both those implementing and funding the initiatives, ...

Van Socheata
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-advances-community-led-forest-protection

Cambodia to establish international nursery stations in four provinces

The Ministry of Environment plans to establish four international standard nursery stations in Kampong Speu, Koh Kong, Siem Reap, and Tbong Khmum provinces. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501427578/cambodia-to-establish-international-nursery-stations-in-four-provinces/

Cultural tradition: Tree ordination in Prey Lang

Members of the Kuoy ethnic minority, part of the Prey Lang community network (PLCN) spanning Kratie, Stung Treng, Preah Vihear and Kampong Thom provinces, will perform a tree ordination ceremony next month. This annual event commemorates forests, accompanied by heartfelt prayers for their protection and ...

Chea Sokny
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cultural-tradition-tree-ordination-in-prey-lang

Angkor-Manulife Community Park project launches with over 10,000 saplings planted

In collaboration with Manulife Cambodia, the APSARA Authority has launched the “Angkor-Manulife Community Park” project, aiming to plant over 10,000 saplings in a 5.5-hectare area in Angkor Park. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501426374/angkor-manulife-community-park-project-launches-with-over-10000-saplings-planted/

New M’kiri airport to boost tourism, economy but deforestation concerns linger

The government has permitted private firm Focus Trans Global Venture Co Ltd (FTGV) to study the construction of a new airport in Mondulkiri province, northeast of Cambodia, as well as invest in a build, operate and transfer (BOT) model, the Office of the Council Minister ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/new-mkiri-airport-to-boost-tourism-economy-but-deforestation-concerns-linger/

Agriculture ministry issues warning, urges vigilance to combat wildfires

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has issued a warning to relevant authorities and residents, urging vigilance to prevent wildfires during the current dry season. ...

Kim Sarom
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-in-depth/agriculture-ministry-issues-warning-urges-vigilance-to-combat-wildfires

Sarus crane population up? Survey underway

Wildlife organisation officials have drawn attention to the presence of sarus cranes in six provinces of Cambodia. The population remains larger than that of Laos or Vietnam. ...

Chea Sokny
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sarus-crane-population-up-survey-underway

Prey Lang designated a red zone

Minister of Mines and Energy, Keo Rottanak, has declared Prey Lang a protected area, effectively prohibiting the issue of new licenses for mining companies. ...

Thang Sinorn
https://kiripost.com/stories/prey-lang-designated-a-red-zone

PM: No more mining licences in Prey Lang sanctuary

Prime Minister Hun Manet has designated the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary as a “red zone”, meaning he will not allow new any mining licences to be issued for the area, and would not allow the expansion of existing operations. ...

Neang Sokunthea
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-no-more-mining-licences-in-prey-lang-sanctuary

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