Forests and forestry
Oreang district administration is continuing to find the perpetrators that cleared more than 50 hectares of state forest
Experts are continuing to search for the identity of the perpetrators that cleared forest land in the protected area in Mondulkiri province to file the case to the court. ...
Khouth Sophak Chakrya
Officers crackdown on illegal timber trafficking
Mondulkiri authorities launched a crackdown on forestry crimes that took place in an off-road race track. This took place on February 16, in Me Pai village, Pu Chrey commune, Pechreada district, Mondulkiri. ...
Khmer Times Staff
Protected area communities report forest crimes via app
On average, communities trained by the REDD+ project submit 50 formal reports about forest crimes per month to authorities based upon data captured through the SMART 7 application, according to the USAID Greening Prey Lang (GPL) Project. ...
Khouth Sophak Chakrya
Environment ministry scoffs at report by ‘political activists’
A senior environment official rejected a report by the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) in Preah Vihear province claiming that it had found 73 forest offences in four days of investigating and monitoring the area in Chey Sen district. ...
Greed for land consumes lakes, forests: Environment 2022
Timber, monkeys, orchids, sand: Cambodia’s protected areas and natural resources continue to be a lucrative source of income, in spite of all the promises (and international funding) to protect them. Above all else, the hunger for land has consumed Cambodians and foreigners alike, triggering a constant ...
In protected Prey Lang forest, communities pushed out but mining companies welcomed in
Kampong Thom’s Sandan district: Snang An village chief Sok Heng proudly displays a photo of his new home, constructed in July 2021, as his phone’s background image. But Late Cheng Mining Development, a gold mining firm with ties to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s bodyguard unit, ...
Khuon Narim and Jack Brook
Global initiative against transnational crime releases a report on illegal logging structures in Cambodia
The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime in September released its new research’s results on the illegal logging structure in Cambodia. ...
Ministry plants 17K saplings in M’kiri natural protected area
The Ministry of Environment is planting 17,000 acacia and other kinds of saplings on a 6.5ha area in the Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province to improve forest cover. ...
Mondulkiri officials probe Bunong logging allegations
Mondulkiri provincial environment officials are working to identify loggers who a Bunong indigenous community accused of clearing nearly 100ha of community forest in Koh Nhek district’s Rayum commune. ...
Power line markers reveal looming path of destruction in Prey Lang
In early March, Auon Seap noticed a group of unknown men approach his farm on a koyun, an elongated tractor mostly used for farming or logging. Strangers are not so common in his village on the northeastern edge of the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary. ...
Keat Soriththeavy and Danielle Keeton-Olsen
Cambodia’s forests cover 8.5 million hectares
Forest coverage in Cambodia accounts for 46.86 percent or approximately 8.5 million hectares of the country’s land area, Ministry of Environment’s report showed. ...
Khmer Times Staff
Ratanakiri land dispute escalates amid indigenous frustration
Nine Tampoun villagers are facing an imminent court verdict over allegedly stealing wood from a Chinese concessionaire with which Ratanakiri communities have been locked in an escalating dispute. ...
Preah Vihear provincial administration seeks land settlement for 131 families after dispute with private company
Preah Vihear provincial administration met with four villagers representing 131 families on Monday to seek a land settlement after a dispute with an economic land concession company there. ...
Oral community to block entrance to forestland to protect from military clearance
Villagers in the Oral district of Kampong Speu province are digging in to protect what they claim as their community forest land, despite increasing pressure from the military to leave the site. ...
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 ...
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. ...
Forestry Administration issues wrap-up on 2021 enforcement
There were over 4,000 cases total of fisheries and wildlife crimes in 2021 nationwide, with nearly 200 suspects referred to court, according to a report by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. ...
Khouth Sophak Chakrya
PM: Do not defile Tonle Sap swamp forest or else
Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered police to arrest anyone – including government officials – involved with the deforestation of the flooded forests surrounding the Tonle Sap Lake because it is an area important to the spawning of many species of fish, among other reasons. ...
Long Kimmarita and Orm Bunthoeurn
Preah Vihear authorities seize more than 2,000 cubic metres of non-timber forest products
Preah Vihear provincial authorities on Thursday cracked down on four illegal processing shops in Tbeng Meanchey district and confiscated more than 2,000 cubic metres of non-timber forest products. ...
Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
Bokor nat'l park rangers get armed with drones
In a bid to stop and prevent forest land encroachment in Preah Monivong Bokor National Park in Kampot province, the Ministry of Environment has equipped rangers with drones to assist them in their patrol, intervention and crackdown in a timely and effective manner. ...