Protected areas

National parks and wildlife sanctuaries

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
https://kiripost.com/stories/chinese-company-developing-gold-mines-in-protected-forest

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
https://cambojanews.com/ethnic-kuy-put-curse-on-environment-officials-building-cow-stable-in-wildlife-sanctuary/

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
https://phnompenhpost.com/national/rare-sarus-cranes-hatch-keo-seima-sanctuary

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
https://cambojanews.com/government-reclassifying-biodiversity-corridors-into-protected-areas/

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
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/930k-ha-cardamom-park-established

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
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501338978/royal-government-issues-sub-decree-to-amend-preah-monivong-bokor-national-park/

Some 1,500 Bantengs counted in Cambodia

Around 1,500 Bantengs (Bos Javanicus) listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Red List of Threatened Species have been recorded in Cambodia’s forests. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501314869/some-1500-bantengs-counted-in-cambodia/

Ministry vows to curb poaching in protected zones

In an ongoing effort to protect wildlife and maintain ecological balance, the Ministry of Environment along with key partners have pledged to tackle the escalating issues of poaching and bush meat trafficking within and around protected zones. Civil society groups, meanwhile, have called for more ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-vows-curb-poaching-protected-zones

Seventeen nests of lesser Adjutant recorded in 2022 breeding season

A total of 17 nests of Lesser adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus) were recorded in Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary (LWS) by the end of 2022 breeding season, according to a news release of NatureLife Cambodia this morning. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501312556/seventeen-nests-of-lesser-adjutant-recorded-in-2022-breeding-season/

Senior officials urge park rangers to educate and advertise people about the law and the impact of deforestation and wildlife

Senior officials of the Ministry of Environment has urged park rangers to educate and advertise people living around protected areas to understand the law and the impact of deforestation and wildlife conservation for the long term benefit of the future. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501312001/senior-officials-urge-park-rangers-to-educate-and-advertise-people-about-the-law-and-the-impact-of-deforestation-and-wildlife/

16 cranes recorded at Lumphat sanctuary, highest in five years

Naturelife Cambodia, a Cambodian conservation organisation, has reported a significant increase in sarus crane (Antigone antigone) numbers during the non-breeding season at Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary for 2022-2023. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/16-cranes-recorded-lumphat-sanctuary-highest-five-years

Lumphat villagers consent to REDD+ project: NatureLife

The residents of 16 villages in Ratanakkiri and Mondulkiri provinces have consented to the launch of the REDD+ project in the Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary. NatureLife announced on May 2 that under the auspices of the BirdLife International Cambodia Programme and the USAID-Green Heritage Project, it had ...

Chea Sokny
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/lumphat-villagers-consent-redd-project-naturelife

Officials suspect arson by hunters in sanctuary fire

Environment officials and authorities in Preah Vihear province are investigating a wildfire in the Phnom Tnaot-Phnom Pok Wildlife Sanctuary that damaged more than 4,000ha of forest in recent days, said officials on March 6. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/officials-suspect-arson-hunters-sanctuary-fire

Wildlife sanctuary chief dismissed for alleged misconduct

Minister of Environment Say Samal requested that the Mondulkiri provincial governor remove Han Sokhorn from his position as director of the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary office after determining that he was guilty of “professional misconduct”. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/wildlife-sanctuary-chief-dismissed-alleged-misconduct

Tourism development underway in Kampong Chhnang province

The government has allocated over 600 hectares of land in Phnom Aural wildlife sanctuary in Kampong Chhnang province to a private company for development. ...

Son Minea
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501242843/tourism-development-underway-in-kampong-chhnang-province/

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

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

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

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/

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