Environment and natural resources

Forests and forestry

Kampong Speu to reclaim national park land

Kampong Speu province is set to reclaim land in the Kirirom National Park after accusations from locals that environmental officers had encroached on 2ha of it.​ The statement came from provincial governor Vei Samnang who vowed to get to the bottom of the matter. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kampong-speu-reclaim-national-park-land

Police visit Phnum Prech to inspect logging

Indigenous people in Mondulkiri province called in the police and environment officials to visit a logging site in the Phnum Prech Wildlife Sanctuary after reports to a village leader were acted upon. Pu Neav village secretary Liv Kheam said on Monday that 10 indigenous people ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/police-visit-phnum-prech-inspect-logging

Provincial governor’s stern warning against destruction of mangroves

Preah Sihanouk provincial governor Kuoch Chamroeun on Sunday warned that criminals destroying mangrove forests to occupy state land will face strict legal repercussions. The warning came as he attended the replanting of mangroves on 2ha that had been destroyed in Tuol Totoeng commune’s Chumpu Khmao ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/provincial-governors-stern-warning-against-destruction-mangroves

‘No to corruption amid state-land distribution’: PM

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday warned of legal action against anyone caught taking advantage of state-mandated land distributions, two days after he ordered several ministries to oversee the transfer of state-protected land to its long-term occupants. ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50741609/no-to-corruption-amid-state-land-distribution-pm/

Hunt on for illegal loggers as timber found in Ratanakkiri

Ratanakkiri provincial and O’Yadav district police forces seized 30 logs of mixed timber from a plantation in Pak Nhay commune’s Lom village on Sunday. Police suspect traders hid the logs at the plantation while they waited to transport them to be sold in Vietnam. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hunt-illegal-loggers-timber-found-ratanakkiri

Gov’t, USAID criticized for inaction over severe forest loss at Prey Lang sanctuary

The University of Copenhagen’s open letter used data from the University of Maryland’s Global Forest Change dataset and other data points to show that 7,510 hectares of forestland were lost at the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary in 2019, the worst loss since 2016 when the ...

Sun Narin
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/govt-usaid-criticized-for-inaction-over-severe-forest-loss-at-prey-lang-sanctuary/5478565.html?

Working group working to improve forest community

The Ministry of Environment has created a working group to research and present a proposal to minister Say Sam Al on strategies, plans, projects and best practices to help improve the living standards of people in protected areas. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/working-group-working-improve-forest-community

Charcoal kilns destroyed

Kampong Speu police and the NGO ACNCIPO on Monday destroyed 117 illegal charcoal kilns in Oral district’s Tasal commune. The owners were required to sign a contract promising to stop the activities, which are taking place in the Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/charcoal-kilns-destroyed

Police probe land grab at Preah Vihear sanctuary

The Preah Vihear provincial Department of Environment and Rovieng district officials are working to identify a group of people who allegedly cleared 200ha at Boeung Pea wildlife sanctuary and bring them to justice. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/police-probe-land-grab-preah-vihear-sanctuary

Rescued wildlife set free in protected area

The Phnom Tamao Zoological Park and Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC) and the Pursat provincial Fisheries Administration have released five smooth otters, six dark-grey monkeys and 250 lesser whistling ducks to protected areas in Raingtoel Commune’s Kaoh Ka’ek village in Pursat’s Kandieng district. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/rescued-wildlife-set-free-protected-area

Banteng found dead at wildlife sanctuary in Oddar Meanchey

A male banteng was found dead in Sorng Rukhavorn Wildlife Sanctuary in Oddar Meanchey province’s Samrong town on Saturday and was likely killed by hunters, said officials.​ Ministry of Environment’s secretary of state and spokesman Neth Pheaktra said​ that ​​this was the sixth banteng that ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/banteng-found-dead-wildlife-sanctuary-oddar-meanchey

Rare gaur found dead in national park

Rangers from O’Som headquarters in the South Cardamom Mountains National Park and Wildlife Alliance officials found meat which came from a rare gaur in the Phnom Kravanh section of the park in Pursat province, said a ranger on Wednesday. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/rare-gaur-found-dead-national-park

WWF: Ban wildlife trade to avert future pandemics

World Wide Fund for Nature is calling for urgent global action to address factors which it projected would be key drivers in triggering possible zoonotic disease outbreaks in the future. The action comes amid the current COVID-19 pandemic, which has battered countries worldwide. ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50737775/wwf-ban-wildlife-trade-to-avert-future-pandemics

Lorry held, trucks set ablaze in timber cases

A lorry delivering furniture to Phnom Penh was impounded in Ratanakkiri province on Sunday as it lacked a permission letter from the Forestry Administration. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/lorry-held-trucks-set-ablaze-timber-cases

Rangers attacked in Siem Pang Wildlife Sanctuary

On Wednesday night, a group of unidentified persons opened fire on the government’s rangers who were on patrol in Siem Pang Wildlife Sanctuary. ...

Taing Rinith
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50733296/rangers-attacked-in-siem-pang-wildlife-sanctuary/

More than 2,000 forestry crimes uncovered from January till April

The Ministry of Environment said today that a total of 2,333 cases of natural resource offences were cracked down by rangers in the first four months of this year and nearly 200 people have been sent to court. ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50729939/more-than-2000-forestry-crimes-uncovered-from-january-till-april/

More than 110,000 tonnes of wood strips exported from Koh Kong

Greenrich Group Co., Ltd. investing in Koh Kong province has exported over 110,000 tonnes of wood strips. The update was provided by the company’s representative Mr. Rattana to Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and Mrs. Mithona Phouthorng, Governor of Koh Kong province ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50727880/more-than-110000-tonnes-of-wood-strips-exported-from-koh-kong/

Sanctuary head sued for not stopping forest occupations

Four Bunong and an Adhoc official filed a joint lawsuit against Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary head Prum Vibol Ratanak at the Mondulkiri Provincial Court for failing to stop illegal land occupation and the buying and selling of forest land.​ ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sanctuary-head-sued-not-stopping-forest-occupations

Sanctuary head sued for not stopping forest occupations

Four Bunong and an Adhoc official filed a joint lawsuit against Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary head Prum Vibol Ratanak at the Mondulkiri Provincial Court for failing to stop illegal land occupation and the buying and selling of forest land. ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sanctuary-head-sued-not-stopping-forest-occupations

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