Environment and natural resources

Forests and forestry

Ten million riel reward for forest arsonists

The Siem Reap provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said it will offer a 10 million riel ($2,500) reward to those who provide information regarding the suspects responsible for setting ablaze more than 20ha of kranhuong timber forest land in Banteay Srei district. Department ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ten-million-riel-reward-forest-arsonists

Oknha told to stop road construction on Kampot mangroves

A prominent local businessman was ordered on Monday to cease construction work for a road in a mangrove forest in Kampot province after authorities learned it was being carried out in a protected area. Kampot provincial governor Cheav Tay instructed Oknha Kuy Leang Ky this ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/oknha-told-stop-road-construction-kampot-mangroves

Two nabbed for grabbing and clearing land in Pursat

Two men, including a village chief, were arrested on Friday for allegedly grabbing and clearing 10ha of forest land in Pursat province’s Veal Veng district. Krasaing Pnov village chief Penh Sarorn, 49, and Vong Phalla, 50, were arrested on the orders of Pursat provincial governor ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/two-nabbed-grabbing-and-clearing-land-pursat

Courts charge S Treng men for transporting illegal timber

Stung Treng provincial police on Sunday sent one of seven men detained over the transportation of illegal timber to court. Provincial police chief Mao Dara said the Vietnamese man was sent to the provincial court after being accused of transporting nearly 200 pieces of beng timber ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/courts-charge-s-treng-men-transporting-illegal-timber

Group charged over violent land grab

Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court on Saturday charged four men and three women over an attempt to grab land in Ream National Park which resulted in officers being injured during a clash.​ Court spokesman Lim Bun Heng said the seven people were clearing state forest land in ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/group-charged-over-violent-land-grab

Agreement signed with Vietnam

Cambodia and Vietnam have signed a 2020 cooperation plan to continue efforts to stop cross-border crimes and increase security cooperation. Minister of Interior Sar Kheng signed the agreement with Vietnamese Minister of Public Security To Lam during a visit to Vietnam over the weekend. ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/agreement-signed-vietnam

Firm set to plant millions of trees

Think Biotech (Cambodia)Co Ltd plans to plant more than 30 million trees on about 30,000ha by the end of 2023 after being granted the right to do so by the government to meet the rising demand for timber in the Kingdom. ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/firm-set-plant-millions-trees

Stop order but fulling of Kampot mangrove swamp continues

Despite a stop order issued to a prominent businessman, the mangrove forests, a vital source of the province Kampot eco system is again under threat as land fill has started again. The mangrove forests and swamps are located near the Prek Tnong fishing community in ...

CNE
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50681426/stop-order-but-fulling-of-kampot-mangrove-swamp-continues

Ministry issues warning against those responsible for forest fires

With incidents of costly human-caused forest fires continuing to occur every year, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has issued an instruction outlining that those responsible for such blazes face three to 10 years in prison. Signed by Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-issues-warning-against-those-responsible-forest-fires

Police clash with villagers over land encroachment

Preah Sihanouk provincial officials yesterday clashed with a group of villagers armed with sticks and machetes as the officials were trying to dismantle illegally built homes in the Ream National Park. According to a provincial police report, the clash took place inside the protected area ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50680159/police-clash-with-villagers-over-land-encroachment

Prey Preah Roka Forest trees ordained

One hundred and thirty-two people, including members of the Prey Preah Roka Forest Community Network (PPRFCN) and monks from three districts of Tbeng Meanchey, Chheb and Choam Ksan in Preah Vihear province organised a tree ordination ceremony from Friday to Sunday to honour those who ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/prey-preah-roka-forest-trees-ordained

Bunong seek assistance over suspected land grabs

The Bunong ethnic community in Mondulkiri province’s Bou Sra commune on Friday sought Pich Chreada district hall’s assistance to probe several land plots located within the Phnom Nam Lear Wildlife Sanctuary that they suspect have been grabbed for private ownership. However, officials said that should ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/bunong-seek-assistance-over-suspected-land-grabs

Rangers remove 266 snares from Koh Kong protected area

Rangers removed 266 snares from the Chhay Areng protected area in Koh Kong province’s Thma Bang district last week, saving wild boars that are most vulnerable to them and many other animals, said Wildlife Alliance Cambodia. Posting on its Facebook page on Tuesday, it said: ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/rangers-remove-266-snares-koh-kong-protected-area

Bunong complain of logging at Phnom Preah mountain

The Bunong ethnic community in Mondulkiri province’s Me Pai village, Pou Chrei commune, in Pech Chreada district alleged that an estimated 100ha of protected forest at the foot of the Phnom Preah mountain had been illegally logged with help from local authorities. Sreunh Sinuon, a ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/bunong-complain-logging-phnom-preah-mountain

Four in Mondulkiri court for logging

Mondulkiri provincial Forestry Administration sent four men to court for their involvement in a forest crime in Keo Seima district. Mondulkiri provincial Military Police arrested the four men and confiscated a van, two chainsaws and another equipment used to commit the forest crime in Sre ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/four-mondulkiri-court-logging

Activist urges investigation of sanctuary encroachment

A prominent forest activist in Kampong Speu province said he would ask the provincial Department of Environment on Wednesday to investigate land encroachment in the Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary. Chea Hean, the director of the Natural Resources and Wildlife Preservation Organisation, alleged that nearly 100ha ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/activist-urges-investigation-sanctuary-encroachment

Rangers release four illegal loggers after father’s appeal

Four suspected illegal loggers in the Prey Lang area who are alleged to have tried to strangle Preah Vihear provincial rangers were subsequently released after an elderly father appealed to them on Sunday. Prasat Phnom Kriel Community Natural Protected Area chief Phok Hong told The ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/rangers-release-four-illegal-loggers-after-fathers-appeal

Manhunt for ringleaders of Preah Sihanouk land dispute clash

Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities on Sunday warned of legal action against the ringleaders and accomplices behind clashes between police and residents on Friday, which saw three people injured and three others detained for questioning. On Friday, Ream National Park rangers in cooperation with Prey Nop ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/manhunt-ringleaders-preah-sihanouk-land-dispute-clash

Man held, timber, motorbikes seized in Dak Dam commune

Mondulkiri provincial joint forces detained a man for questioning, confiscated seven motorbikes and seized 178 timber logs in O’Raing district’s Dak Dam commune on Saturday. Provincial department of Agriculture director Song Kheang said officials from his department, the forestry administration, provincial police, Military Police and ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/man-held-timber-motorbikes-seized-dak-dam-commune

Large-scale logging halted in Kampong Speu, Pursat provinces

Police from Kampong Speu and Pursat provinces and officials from environmental non-profit Wildlife Alliance cracked down on illegal logging and wildlife poaching activities in the Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary and the National Park in the Cardamom Mountains. A report from Wildlife Alliance posted on social ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/large-scale-logging-halted-kampong-speu-pursat-provinces

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