Forests and forestry

Forest protection

Gaur pair join Preah Vihear cattle herd

Two gaurs have been spotted in the Prey Lang area in Preah Vihear province, grazing amongst the cattle of local villagers. Officials have called for the protection of these two specimens. The gaur, Bos gaurus, also known as the Indian bison, is the world’s largest ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/gaur-pair-join-preah-vihear-cattle-herd

PLCN report says forestry crimes thriving in protected area

The Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) in Preah Vihear province claims several cases of deforestation have been discovered in the Prey Lang protected area. ...

Tith Kongnov
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501221254/plcn-report-says-forestry-crimes-thriving-in-protected-area/

White-shouldered ibis numbers increase for 2022 census: ministry

About 800 white-shouldered ibis, one of the world’s rarest and “critically endangered” bird species, have been found in Cambodia, accounting for 80 per cent of their total global population of 1,000. To protect its population, the Ministry of Environment and its conservation partners are continuing ...

Lay Samean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/white-shouldered-ibis-numbers-increase-2022-census-ministry

Environment activist Ben Davis seeks $50K for canals

As of the end of 2022, environmental activist Ben Davis has dug 19 km of canals and built 7 km of fences and roads in an effort to prevent natural resource crimes from happening in the core areas of the Phnom Tnaot-Phnom Pok wildlife sanctuary ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/environment-activist-ben-davis-seeks-50k-canals

Forestland encroachers arrested in Mondulkiri

Authorities arrested four people on Tuesday for clearing protected forest land in Mondulkiri Province’s Keo Seima district. ...

Chhun Sunly
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501206689/forestland-encroachers-arrested-in-mondulkiri/

World-Bays Club plants nearly 2.4K mangroves

Officials from the Ministry of Tourism and Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration led a delegation from the 16th World Congress of the World-Bays Club to plant 2,388 mangrove tree saplings on December 11 in Prey Nop district.​ ...

Vann Sak
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/world-bays-club-plants-nearly-24k-mangroves

For arrested activists, thumbprints on police contracts are often the cost of freedom

 In mid-August, Chhoeun Daravy and eight others found themselves negotiating with police over the wording of a handwritten contract. Officers initially wanted the agreement to say that the nine had “illegally” entered a “prohibited area” in the recently logged Phnom Tamao forest and flew a ...

Ngay Nai and Matt Surrusco
https://cambojanews.com/for-arrested-activists-thumbprints-on-police-contracts-are-often-the-cost-of-freedom/

Lumphat sanctuary to generate carbon credit by 2024

Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary – home to a variety of endangered animals and birds – is expected to generate carbon credits in 130,000 hectares of the sanctuary by 2024 and reduce carbon emission by at least 115,000 tonnes per year. ...

Sar Socheath
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501190983/lumphat-sanctuary-to-generate-carbon-credit-by-2024/

Rare bird’s nest count doubles in sanctuary

A Sambo Wildlife Sanctuary biodiversity monitoring and research team were on November 22 excited to report the presence of 48 lesser adjutant nests, with 68 adult birds and their chicks confirmed living in the Mekong flooded forest habitat. ...

Neang Sokunthea
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/rare-birds-nest-count-doubles-sanctuary

People in Teuk Chhou district, Kampot province vow to protect Phnom Toteung community forest for the fear of lost forest

This is what the people of Kampong Chen village, Steung Keo commune, Teuk Chhou district, Kampot province said, Phnom Toteung Community Forest is not only a sanctuary for the people who live in the vicinity of this community forest, they can also enjoy non-timber forest ...

Soth Ban
https://www.vodkhmer.news/2022/11/17/people-in-teuk-chhou-district-vow-to-protect-phnom-toteung-community-forest/

Mondulkiri Srepok wildlife sanctuary chief fired after alleged abuse of locals

The Environment Ministry has ordered provincial officials to fire the Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary chief in Mondulkiri province over alleged abuses of power, including threatening local people who were collecting firewood. ...

Mech Dara
https://vodenglish.news/mondulkiri-srepok-wildlife-sanctuary-chief-fired-after-alleged-abuse-of-locals/

NGO to count Prey Lang Sanctuary wildlife

USAID Greening Prey Lang is conducting a line transect survey in Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary to check wildlife species populations in the protected area. ...

Torn Vibol
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501179535/ngo-to-count-prey-lang-sanctuary-wildlife/

NGO to count Prey Lang Sanctuary wildlife

USAID Greening Prey Lang is conducting a line transect survey in Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary to check wildlife species populations in the protected area.​ Line transect sampling is a distance sampling method for estimating the abundance of wild animal populations. ...

Torn Vibol
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501179535/ngo-to-count-prey-lang-sanctuary-wildlife/

Ministry: Snares threaten biodiversity

Snares remained a challenge for wildlife in Cambodia’s protected areas, and result in the loss of many of the Kingdom’s endangered species. In order to address the problem, in 2021, the Ministry of Environment and partner organisations removed over 60,000 snares from 72 protected areas and ...

Lay Samean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-snares-threaten-biodiversity

Koh Kong residents ask government to expedite land settlement as authorities accuse them of entering the protected land

Residents in Botum Sakor district, Koh Kong province, ask the government to intervene with the  authorities to expedite the resolution of land disputes as soon as possible and transparently as the authorities accused them of illegally entering the Botum Sakor National Park. ...

Nat Sopheap
https://www.vodkhmer.news/2022/10/18/koh-kong-residents-ask-government-to-expedite-land-settlement/

Campaign aims to safeguard the rainforest

To mark International Day for Disaster Reduction, a group of people are launching a campaign aiming to encourage everyone in the Mekong region and beyond to safeguard the rainforest. ...

Mao Sreypich
https://kiripost.com/stories/campaign-aims-to-safeguard-the-rainforest

Conservation team detects 97 bird species in Cardamoms

A biodiversity research team from Conservation International (CI) Cambodia, in collaboration with Ministry of Environment specialists, is identifying bird calls recorded in the field by analysing the data collected from nearly 100 bird species. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/conservation-team-detects-97-bird-species-cardamoms

307 small nature tourism projects approved in September

The Ministry of Environment as of September 2022 has approved 307 small-scale ecotourism development projects covering 2,670 hectares in the Natural Resource Protection and Cambodia Biodiversity Conservation Corridor. ...

Sok Sithika
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501161817/307-small-nature-tourism-projects-approved-in-september/

Environmental activists march to the Ministry of Environment to demand an end forest patrols restrictions

A group of 30 environmental activists dressed in white marched to the Ministry of Environment to petition for an end to restrictions on civil liberties in forest protection activities in Cambodia. ...

Khan Leakhena
https://www.vodkhmer.news/2022/09/29/updated-youths-march-to-the-moe-to-demand-an-end-to-forest-patrol-restrictions/

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