Forests and forestry

Forest policy and administration

Court returns disputed land to firm in Preah Vihear

A joint force, acting on the Preah Vihear Provincial Court order, on May 13 confiscated 23.4ha of state land from an individual and returned it to Mekong Rubber Plantation Co Ltd after he was judged to have illegally occupied the land – which had been ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/court-returns-disputed-land-firm-preah-vihear

Pursat encroachers told to clear out

The Pursat Provincial Hall has warned of administrative action – without exception – against those who have illegally encroached on or occupied land in the Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pursat-encroachers-told-clear-out

S Reap officials seize contraband charcoal

The Siem Reap provincial Forestry Administration’s (FA) mobile team and local officials in Chi Kraeng district seized four charcoal trailers at the intersection of National Road 6 in Kok Thloak Krom commune on May 3 for transporting it across the provincial border. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/s-reap-officials-seize-contraband-charcoal

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

Afforestation project launched

The Forestry Administration signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Asian Forest Cooperation Organisation (AFoCO) on March 7 to launch a project on afforestation along with sustainable agriculture and community forest management. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/afforestation-project-launched

Oral forest activists protest legal case against them over land dispute

Six forest community representatives in Kampong Speu province’s Oral district were questioned by the Provincial Court on Wednesday for intentionally causing damage, threatening, publicly insulting, and incitement. ...

Som Sarath
https://cambojanews.com/oral-forest-activists-protest-legal-case-against-them-over-land-dispute/

Officials told to testify over Tonle Sap wetland clearing

The Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court has summoned the Preah Netr Preah district governor and Prasat commune chief to testify next month in cases concerning the clearing of three forest areas near the Tonle Sap Lake. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/officials-told-testify-over-tonle-sap-wetland-clearing

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

K Speu villagers protesting mystery land encroachers

About 35ha of Toap Mean community forest land in Kampong Speu province’s Thpong district has been encroached on by unknown individuals who fenced off and planted crops on 30ha of the land. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/k-speu-villagers-protesting-mystery-land-encroachers

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

Forest law amendment to be done before 2023

Interior Minister Sar Kheng is pushing for an amendment of the forestry law to be done before the end of the current mandate. Earlier this week, Mr Kheng said that illegal logging in Mondulkiri province is rampant and that an amendment was needed to delegate ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50536611/forest-law-amendment-to-be-done-before-2023/

Sar Kheng slams forest crime

Minister of Interior Sar Kheng cited satellite footage of recent forest crimes as he criticised inept provincial officials for illegal logging and the flouting of the Kingdom’s forestry law. “You are not born with the forest. We have an obligation to protect the natural resources ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sar-kheng-slams-forest-crime

Government rips into WWF report

The Ministry of Agriculture’s Forestry Administration spokesman Keo Omaliss hit back on Thursday at a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report that claims the Greater Mekong will lose 30 percent of its forests by 2030 without drastic action. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/government-rips-wwf-report

Forestry chief moved amid scandal

The Kratie provincial government yesterday denied reports that the provincial forestry chief was being removed from his position following allegations that he was colluding with illegal timber traders. ...

Pav Suy
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/40080/forestry-chief-moved-amid-scandal/

Gov’t: China, Vietnam helping in timber fight

Environment Minister Say Samal, known for his outlandish and at times false claims about illegal logging and deforestation in the Kingdom, said yesterday that his ministry was collaborating with officials in Vietnam and China – two of the largest buyers of precious Cambodian wood – ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/30518/gov---t--china--vietnam-helping-in-timber-fight/

The deforestation continues

The high-pitched whine of chainsaws drowned out the sound of birds and bugs you usually hear during any trek through Prey Lang forest. What was once an area full of animals scurrying under the shade of gargantuan trees is now largely populated by stumps and ash. The ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/28863/the-deforestation-continues/

Ethnic forest patrol ambushed in Preah Vihear

Four members of a forest patrol were ambushed in Preah Vihear’s Cheam Pen community forest on Tuesday afternoon, according to deputy forest chief Ros Lim. ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ethnic-forest-patrol-ambushed-preah-vihear

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