Environment and natural resources

Forests and forestry

Digital campaign launched to protect Cambodia’s forests

A digital campaign, #ShowMeYourTree, has been launched to increase awareness about the importance of biodiversity, fantastic landscape views, and the crucial roles of the protectors, especially indigenous communities, in rainforest conservation.  ...

Mao Sreypich

Chinese company developing gold mines in protected forest

A new report has revealed that a Chinese company is involved in large-scale gold mining in protected Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary (PLWS), threatening the environment and the lives of local people. ...

Thang Sinorn

Chinese company developing goldmines in protected forest

A new report has revealed that a Chinese company is involved in large-scale gold mining in protected Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary (PLWS), threatening the environment and the lives of local people. ...

Thang Sinorn

Village ends logging, plants crops

In Trapaing Chor commune’s Sre Kin village, located in Kampong Speu province’s Oral district, certain community members have transitioned away from forest-related activities such as logging and wildlife hunting. Instead, they have embraced a new approach by forming a rotating cropping community. ...

Kim Sarom

Minister launches million tree reforestation campaign

Minister of Environment Eang Sophalleth announced the launch of a new campaign which has the goal of planting at least one million new trees every year. ...

Neang Sokunthea

Prey Lang Community Network finds illegal invasion of more than 30 hectares of forest land

Prey Lang Community Network in Preah Vihear province investigated forest crimes in Prey Lang area and found many crimes, including the encroachment of forest land in three locations of more than 30 hectares from October 1-4, 2023 for 3 nights and 4 days. ...

Pok Ponlue

Ministry dismisses wildlife sanctuary logging allegations, road construction

The Ministry of Environment has refuted claims that unidentified persons have bulldozed roads into the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary in order to transport illegally logged timber. It insisted that no such roads have been constructed, saying it is taking stringent legal action against illegal logging ...

Sok Raksa

Illegal logging claims in Preah Vihear sanctuary denied

Local authorities have refuted claims by a Kuy ethnic minority group in Preah Vihear province that forest crimes persisted in Preah Roka Wildlife Sanctuary. ...

Chea Sokny

Indigenous community finds 86 forest crimes in Preah Roka Wildlife Sanctuary

Indigenous community of Preah Vihear province continues to find nearly 86 forest crimes at Preah Roka Wildlife Sanctuary this September, while local officials denied the findings and asked the patrol community to cooperate with relevant officials to conserve those natural resources together. ...

Chea Sokny

Indigenous people in a village in Ratanakiri province cut down trees at risk to pay off debts

Residents of a village in O’Yadao district, Ratanakiri province, due to debt, went to cut down trees in the community, transported them across the border and sold them to Vietnam in order to repay the bank, according to village and community authorities. ...

An Vichet

Ethnic Kuy put curse on environment officials building cow stable in wildlife sanctuary

Kuy indigenous peoples in Preah Vihear province’s Chheb district invoked ancestral spirits and held a “curse ceremony” to hex powerful people, including department of environment officials who they say are violating their land rights. ...

Seoung Nimol

Rare sarus cranes hatch in Keo Seima sanctuary

In late August, a dedicated wildlife monitoring team from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS Cambodia) in Mondulkiri province made a remarkable discovery – locating another rare sarus crane nest, in which two newborn birds had been safely hatched. Sharing the encouraging news on September 4, WCS ...

Orm Bunthoeurn

Burning Homes in the Name of Conservation: NGO Wildlife Alliance Cracks Down on the Poor

The farmers of Knong Riel run when they see white faces. A white face, for many farmers, means staff from Wildlife Alliance, one of Cambodia’s leading conservation NGOs, have entered the northern edge of the Cardamom National Park where dozens of families grow cassava, corn ...

Jack Brook

New Environment Minister sets out to expand forest cover

The new Minister of Environment, Eang Sophalleth, has encouraged the planting and maintenance of trees to expand forest cover and promote the development of eco-cultural tourism communities to preserve the environment and improve local livelihoods. ...

Torn Vibol

Government gives 9,968 hectares in Botum Sakor National Park to Royal Group

Tycoon Kith Meng’s Royal Group company received 9,968 hectares inside Botum Sakor National park in Koh Kong province, according to a January 25 sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen and published earlier this month. ...

Runn Sreydeth and Phon Sothyroth

Kraol minority apologise for burning down office

The O’Krieng Senchey district administration in Kratie province have ordered the Sre Chis commune authorities to educate minority ethnic groups about the laws and legal instruments related to environmental protection. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn

Protected Preah Vihear Temple area expanded, renamed

The government has issued a sub-decree to expand and rename the Preah Vihear Temple Protected Land as Preah Vihear-Phnom Dangrek Protected Land, bringing it under two provinces, Preah Vihear and Oddar Meanchey. ...

Hang Punreay

Cambodia identifies nearly 30 natural protected areas with cultural heritage sites

The Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts have identified 27 natural protected areas with cultural heritage sites out of 73 natural protected areas in Cambodia. ...

Khmer Times Staff

Apsara Authority plants saplings to improve Angkor environment

The Apsara National Authority (ANA) claims that they have planted about two million saplings of mixed varieties in the Angkor Archaeological Park from 2004 to 2023 to enhance the area’s aesthetics. ...

Torn Vibol

New protected landscapes created in four provinces

The government has established new protected landscape areas in four provinces – Preah Vihear, Ratanakkiri, Banteay Meanchey and Kampong Thom. The new areas total more than 4,000ha. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn

Government reclassifying biodiversity corridors into protected areas

At least 15 protected areas have expanded to integrate adjacent biodiversity corridors, according to government sub-decrees issued in July and released sporadically over the course of the week. ...

Khuon Narim

930K ha Cardamom park established

The government has announced the establishment of the Cardamom Mountain National Park, a sprawling natural reserve covering nearly 930,000ha across five provinces. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn

Royal Government issues sub-decree to amend Preah Monivong “Bokor” National park

The Royal Government of Cambodia recently issued a sub-decree on the revision of Monivong Bokor National Park by expanding it to more than 156,000 hectares located in Kampot, Kampong Speu, and Sihanoukville provinces. ...

Khmer Times Staff

Guides plant luxury trees in B’bang’s scenic Ang Ta Korm

The Girl Guides Association of Cambodia (GGAC) has been busy in Battambang province, donating and planting over 200 luxury saplings and ornamental trees. ...

Chea Sokny

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