Environment and natural resources

Forests and forestry

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

Koh Kong on hunt for tree planters

Authorities in Koh Kong province are on the hunt for people who illegally planted fruit trees at Botum Sakor National Park in Botum Sakor district. ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/koh-kong-hunt-tree-planters

Koh Kong on hunt for tree planters

Authorities in Koh Kong province are on the hunt for people who illegally planted fruit trees at Botum Sakor National Park in Botum Sakor district. Provincial governor Mithona Phouthorng told The Post on November 17 she had ordered an investigation into the illegal planting of ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/koh-kong-hunt-tree-planters

Illegal loggers clear 30 hectares of forest in Mondulkiri province

Illegal loggers have cleared 30-hectares of community forest land, close to the site of thousands of natural stone pillars in Mondulkiri province, felling hundreds of trees and leaving the area barren. ...

Tith Kongnov
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50781262/illegal-loggers-clear-30-hectares-of-forest-in-mondulkiri-province/

Forest activists asked to court over protest

The Preah Vihear provincial prosecutor has summoned 11 members of Prey Preah Roka Forest Community Network to testify in a series of cases involving fraud and incitement to cause social unrest in connection with a planned protest for the release of Rong Chhun, the president ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/forest-activists-asked-court-over-protest

Ministry says illegal forest encroachment continues to increase across Kingdom

The Ministry of Environment has said that illegal encroachment on protected forest land continues to increase, however, large-scale timber logging activities have been prevented. ...

Tith Kongnov
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50779766/ministry-says-illegal-forest-encroachment-continues-to-increase-across-kingdom/

Prey Lang documentary wins awards, draws ministry’s criticism

A documentary film titled Cambodia Burning produced by the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) won two awards – “Earth Photo 2020” and “Drone Photo 2020” – from the US-based Pulitzer Centre.​ The film, which has drawn criticism from a senior Ministry of Environment official, was ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/prey-lang-documentary-wins-awards-draws-ministrys-criticism

Sweden contributes to tree conservation activities as part of COVID-19 response

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) announced yesterday that  Sweden will contribute about $500,000 to  its joint conservation efforts with the Environment Ministry in Pursat and Siem Reap provinces to support tree planting activities, the establishment of plant nurseries and a “cash-for-work” initiative. ...

Som Kanika
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50775184/sweden-contributes-to-tree-conservation-activities-as-part-of-covid-19-response/

Suspects wanted for logging thousands of trees in Mondulkiri

Mondulkiri provincial authorities are working to identify suspects who cut down tens of thousands of trees and buried them in a 60ha patch of forestland in order to take over the land. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/suspects-wanted-logging-thousands-trees-mondulkiri

Rangers crack down on over 900 natural resource crimes in Prey Lang

The Ministry of Environment announced yesterday that rangers have cracked down on natural resource crimes in Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary with 954 cases during the first nine months of this year. ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50774240/rangers-crack-down-on-over-900-natural-resource-crimes-in-prey-lang/

White-winged ducks in peril but sighting inspires hope

Only about 20-30 endangered white-winged ducks (Asacornis scutulata) remain in the Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary in Preah Vihear province, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Cambodia. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/white-winged-ducks-peril-sighting-inspires-hope

Over 40,000 trees planted in Stung Thmey sanctuary

Over 40,000 trees of varying species were planted on Wednesday on 56ha in the Stung Thmey protected area in Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary in Pursat province. The planting is for reforestation. ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/over-40000-trees-planted-stung-thmey-sanctuary

Mondulkiri’s rangers cracked down over 1,500 forest crimes in first nine months

Government’s park rangers in Cambodia’s natural resource-rich province of Mondulkiri have cracked down 1,528 forest crimes in the first nine months of 2020. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50770716/mondulkiris-rangers-cracked-down-over-1500-forest-crimes-in-first-nine-months/

Police officer jailed over 41-hectare land grab

Mondulkiri Provincial Court has charged and jailed a senior police officer for allegedly clearing and encroaching about 41 hectares of protected forestland in the province.   ...

Tith Kongnov
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50770641/police-officer-jailed-over-41-hectare-land-grab/

Environment ministry looks into illegal posts in M’kiri sanctuary

The Ministry of Environment is investigating a group that erected more than 50 stone and wooden posts and built fences on State land in the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/environment-ministry-looks-illegal-posts-mkiri-sanctuary

PM removes district governor over land grabs

Prime Minister Hun Sen has removed Sin Vanvuth from his post as governor of Koh Nhek district, in Mondulkiri province over land encroachment.​ ...

Khann Chanvirak
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50768609/pm-removes-district-governor-over-land-grabs/

Youth, monks on Prey Lang visit

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Environment led monks and youth to inspect the work of rangers protecting Prey Lang in Kampong Thom province on Monday and Tuesday. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/youth-monks-prey-lang-visit

Eld’s deer spotted in Kratie’s Sambor Wildlife Sanctuary

Four Eld’s deer, an endangered species, were photographed for the first time in five years by camera traps in Sambor Wildlife Sanctuary in Kratie province. ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50766444/elds-deer-spotted-in-kraties-sambor-wildlife-sanctuary/

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