Deforestation drivers

Illegal logging

Hunt on for illegal Pursat loggers as timber discovered

Battambang provincial Department of Environment is hunting for the individuals involved in the transportation of more than 13 cubic metres of luxury timber that was seized near the Chrok Chang Eath ranger station in Prey Thom village of Samlot district’s Kampong Lpov commune on June ...

Phak Seangly
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hunt-on-for-illegal-pursat-loggers-as-timber-discovered

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/

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/

Stung Treng governor: Step up forestry crime control

Stung Treng provincial governor Svay Sam Eang on May 3 reiterated a call for authorities and security forces to step up forestry crime prevention and control, maintain security and public order, and address challenges facing locals in the northeastern province. ...

Sem Pisey
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/stung-treng-governor-step-forestry-crime-control

Oreang district administration is continuing to find the perpetrators that cleared more than 50 hectares of state forest

Experts are continuing to search for the identity of the perpetrators that cleared forest land in the protected area in Mondulkiri province to file the case to the court. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.postkhmer.com/national/2023-03-21-0838-248224.html

Officers crackdown on illegal timber trafficking

Mondulkiri authorities launched a crackdown on forestry crimes that took place in an off-road race track. This took place on February 16, in Me Pai village, Pu Chrey commune, Pechreada district, Mondulkiri. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501240817/officers-crackdown-on-illegal-timber-trafficking/

Protected area communities report forest crimes via app

On average, communities trained by the REDD+ project submit 50 formal reports about forest crimes per month to authorities based upon data captured through the SMART 7 application, according to the USAID Greening Prey Lang (GPL) Project. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/protected-area-communities-report-forest-crimes-app

Environment ministry scoffs at report by ‘political activists’

A senior environment official rejected a report by the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) in Preah Vihear province claiming that it had found 73 forest offences in four days of investigating and monitoring the area in Chey Sen district. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/environment-ministry-scoffs-report-political-activists

Mondulkiri officials probe Bunong logging allegations

Mondulkiri provincial environment officials are working to identify loggers who a Bunong indigenous community accused of clearing nearly 100ha of community forest in Koh Nhek district’s Rayum commune. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mondulkiri-officials-probe-bunong-logging-allegations

Preah Sihanouk police bust 295 for land grabbing

On March 19, the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court issued arrest warrants for six brokers and placed six others under court supervision after they led nearly 300 people to occupy state land in the South Cardamom Mountains National Park in Cham village of Kampong Seila commune ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/preah-sihanouk-police-bust-295-land-grabbing

Preah Sihanouk squatting instigators face court

Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities are building a case to send a group of 10 suspects to court for allegedly instigating around 300 people to encroach on state land in the Southern Cardamom National Park in Cham Srey village of Kampong Seila district and commune.​ ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/preah-sihanouk-squatting-instigators-face-court

Forestry Administration issues wrap-up on 2021 enforcement

There were over 4,000 cases total of fisheries and wildlife crimes in 2021 nationwide, with nearly 200 suspects referred to court, according to a report by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/forestry-administration-issues-wrap-2021-enforcement

PM: Do not defile Tonle Sap swamp forest or else

Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered police to arrest anyone – including government officials – involved with the deforestation of the flooded forests surrounding the Tonle Sap Lake because it is an area important to the spawning of many species of fish, among other reasons. ...

Long Kimmarita and Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-do-not-defile-tonle-sap-swamp-forest-or-else

Preah Vihear authorities seize more than 2,000 cubic metres of non-timber forest products

Preah Vihear provincial authorities on Thursday cracked down on four illegal processing shops in Tbeng Meanchey district and confiscated more than 2,000 cubic metres of non-timber forest products. ...

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50928890/preah-vihear-authorities-seize-more-than-2000-cubic-metres-of-non-timber-forest-products/

Bokor nat'l park rangers get armed with drones

In a bid to stop and prevent forest land encroachment in Preah Monivong Bokor National Park in Kampot province, the Ministry of Environment has equipped rangers with drones to assist them in their patrol, intervention and crackdown in a timely and effective manner. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/bokor-natl-park-rangers-get-armed-drones

Illegal timber seized from cashew plantation

Forestry administration officers went to seize slabs of illegally logged timber from a cashew plantation in Thala Bori Vat district, Stung Treng on August 10. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50914546/illegal-timber-seized-from-cashew-plantation/

Ex-district police chief under probe over land encroachment in KK

Sre Ambel district authorities in Koh Kong province are investigating a case involving a former district police chief who is allegedly encroaching on forest land in Dang Peng commune’s Veal Pouch village. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ex-district-police-chief-under-probe-over-land-encroachment-kk

Five farmers under investigation for encroachment

Kampong Chhang provincial police have been investigating five people who are alleged to have secretly cleared and encroached on flooded forest land in separate locations covering nearly 10ha in Chhnok Trou commune’s Ses Slap village of Boribor district.​​ ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/five-farmers-under-investigation-encroachment

Forestry crimes persist, but on small scale, official says

In the first six months of this year, rangers from the Ministry of Environment went on 14,422 patrols in protected natural areas and biodiversity corridors, investigated 4,238 cases of natural resource offences, imposed fines in 511 of those cases and sent 515 of the cases ...

Voun Dara
https://phnompenhpost.com/national/forestry-crimes-persist-small-scale-official-says

Kampong Speu governor orders intruders off state forest land

Kampong Speu provincial governor Vei Samnang has issued an order prohibiting clearing and settling on more than 281ha of state forest land in two locations after some residents illegally occupied and farm the land. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kampong-speu-governor-orders-intruders-state-forest-land

Working group set to tackle Mondulkiri forestry crimes

Mondulkiri provincial governor Svay Sam Eang urged officials and local authorities to intensify efforts to prevent forest crimes and illegal logging as these activities have increased. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/working-group-set-tackle-mondulkiri-forestry-crimes

Six illegal logging tractors seized

Svay Leu district forestry administration office in Siem Reap province has given a month’s notice to the owners of homemade tractors impounded last week for transporting illegal timber. Authorities warned that if no action was taken the administration would take the case to court. ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/six-illegal-logging-tractors-seized

Forestry crimes up last year, official vows law enforcement

Forestry crimes including logging, poaching and encroachment on state forest land for private ownership increased considerably last year despite stricter law enforcement, according to an annual report by the Ministry of Environment. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/forestry-crimes-last-year-official-vows-law-enforcement

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