Environment and natural resources

Environmental and biodiversity protection

In Cambodia, a sweeping new environment code languishes in legal limbo

In Cambodia, the Mekong River winds past Southeast Asia’s largest remaining lowland evergreen forest before filling up Tonle Sap, the region’s largest freshwater lake. The river, lined with valuable sand, is home to an abundance of endangered species like the Mekong giant catfish and giant ...

Andrew Nachemson
https://news.mongabay.com/2020/08/in-cambodia-a-sweeping-new-environment-code-languishes-in-legal-limbo/

Community participation in protection of forests urged on National Arbor Day

Prime Minister Hun Sen called on all citizens to participate in protecting the forest, environment and plant more tree saplings for the benefit of future generations, as he marked National Arbor Day yesterday. ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50743342/community-participation-in-protection-of-forests-urged-on-national-arbor-day/

Endangered gibbons released into the wild

As part of an ambitious rewilding project in the forest surrounding the iconic Angkor Wat, a pair of endangered pileated gibbons were released yesterday by the  Apsara Authority, the Forestry Administration and conservation NGO Wildlife Alliance. This is the third pair of pileated gibbons that ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50740974/endangered-gibbons-released-into-the-wild/

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

Royal turtles handed over for conservation

The Environment Ministry yesterday received two Royal turtles, weighing about 20 kilogrammes each, which were donated by a woman who bought them from fishermen in Koh Kong province’s Sre Ambel district. ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50737776/royal-turtles-handed-over-for-conservation/

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

WWF commits to preserve and protect endangered animal in Cambodia

Country Director of WWF-Cambodia Mr. Seng Teak took the National Environment Day and World Environment Day 2020 to share WWF’s commitment to work with the government to preserve and protect endangered animal in Kingdom’s Eastern Plains and Mekong Flooded Forests landscapes. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50731338/wwf-commits-to-preserve-and-protect-endangered-animal-in-cambodia/

New committee created to protect Koh Kong Krao

Prime Minister Hun Sen has created a committee tasked with monitoring Koh Kong SEZ Co Ltd’s development of Koh Kong Krao island in Koh Kong province’s Koh Kapi commune. The Council of Ministers first announced the development project on June 14, 2019, according to Hun ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/new-committee-created-protect-koh-kong-krao

Youth cyclists blocked in Koh Kong province

Koh Kong provincial police confiscated more than 10 bicycles from a group of Mother Nature Organisation youths who were riding from Koh Kong province to Phnom Penh to submit a petition to Prime Minister Hun Sen proposing that Koh Kong Krao Island be certified a ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/youth-cyclists-blocked-koh-kong-province

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

Domesticated elephant dies in sanctuary in Ratanakiri province

Bak Maï, a 32 year-old male domesticated elephant in Ratanakiri province, died on Thursday due to severe diarrhoea, said Airavata Elephant Foundation, the guardians of the elephant sanctuary, in a statement.​ ...

Va Sonyka
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50726323/domesticated-elephant-dies-in-sanctuary-in-ratanakiri-province/

Minister wants team effort to protect forests

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon has urged companies that were granted economic land concessions by the government in Koh Kong province to collaborate fully with local authorities in protecting forest land. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/minister-wants-team-effort-protect-forests

Ten Ibis nests found in Ratanakkiri

Birdlife International Cambodia Programme has found 10 endangered White-shouldered Ibis nests at the Lomphat Wildlife Sanctuary in Ratanakkiri province. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ten-ibis-nests-found-ratanakkiri

Environment rangers grab two for felling trees

Kampong Thom provincial rangers arrested two suspects on Saturday as they were felling trees and about to clear some 5ha at the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary, said the Ministry of Environment. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/environment-rangers-grab-two-felling-trees

Carbon credits up in forests

Minister of Environment Say Sam Al has urged relevant stakeholders to take part in protecting and conserving natural resources in wildlife sanctuaries. This, he said, will facilitate carbon credit sales to raise money to support local communities. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/carbon-credits-forests

Officials deny forest-cutting claims

Forest activists conducted a 10-day forest crimes investigation in the Prey Lang region and claimed to have found more than 200 workers camping in five different locations cutting down about 2,000 trees. Authorities have denied the claim. ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/officials-deny-forest-cutting-claims

Unregistered NGOs warned of legal action

The Environment Ministry has warned it will take legal action against NGO workers who conduct illegal activities in protected areas as they are not registered with the Interior Ministry. ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50717254/unregistered-ngos-warned-of-legal-action/

Calls to stop cutting malva nut trees

The Ministry of Environment has urged the people to stop cutting down malva nut trees to harvest their fruit because it is illegal to do so during the rainy season.​ ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/calls-stop-cutting-malva-nut-trees

Authorities say trees cleared in Mondulkiri sanctuary for road

The Bunong Indigenous community in Sen Monorom commune, in O’Raing district, Mondulkiri province, has claimed that big trees within the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary have been secretly bulldozed. ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/authorities-say-trees-cleared-mondulkiri-sanctuary-road

Silvered langur endangered, but plentiful in Kingdom

Some 3,000 Indochinese silvered langurs – monkeys native to Southeast Asia and considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – are believed to be living in the eastern part of Cambodia. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/silvered-langur-endangered-plentiful-kingdom

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