Forests and forestry

Forest cover

Environment Minister: Stealing state land cannot be hidden; stop immediately

Eang Sophalleth, Minister of Environment, ordered the illegal encroachment on state forest land to stop immediately because this violation cannot be hidden. The Royal Government of Cambodia is paying close attention to and strictly implementing transparent legal measures and efficiency. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501476636/environment-minister-stealing-state-land-cannot-be-hidden-stop-immediately/

Deforestation crackdown in Pursat yields large seizures

Eight people have been reprimanded and one suspect has been sent to court during the beginning of a 30-day campaign against state land occupation and deforestation in Pursat province. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/deforestation-crackdown-in-pursat-yields-large-seizures

Royal gendarmerie arrests 11 Pursat residents in wildlife crime crackdown

Cambodia’s Royal Gendarmerie arrested 11 Pursat province residents Tuesday after the military force deployed nearly 300 of its officers to crack down on natural resource crimes. ...

Eung Sea
https://cambojanews.com/royal-gendarmerie-arrests-11-pursat-residents-in-wildlife-crime-crackdown/

More than 25 hectares of forest cover were restored in Mondulkiri in 2023

In implementing the forest rehabilitation project as part of the Royal Government of Cambodia’s National Environmental Strategic Plan, USAID-Morodok Baitang and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment have achieved a number of forest cover restores with 25.44 hectares and 27,125 ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501436558/more-than-25-hectares-of-forest-cover-were-restored-in-mondulkiri-2023/

Cambodia loses 31% of protected Areas’ trees in one decade

Cambodia lost 31 percent of tree cover from its wildlife sanctuary protected areas between 2001 and 2022, and more than 100,000 hectares (ha) in 2022, equivalent to 1.2 percent, according to a Citizens Engaged in Environmental Justice for All (CEEJA) report.  ...

Thang Sinorn
https://kiripost.com/stories/cambodia-loses-31-of-protected-areas-trees-in-one-decade

Nat’l parks swell under sub-decree, biodiversity corridors integrated

The government has issued a new sub-decree which increases the size of three major national parks – Virachey, Jayavarman-Norodom and Preah Monivong Bokor – in a bid to ensure the preservation and protection of the Kingdom’s natural heritage, ecosystems and biodiversity. The expansions will also ...

Bor Pich Zelin
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/natl-parks-swell-under-sub-decree-biodiversity-corridors-integrated

Satellite data shows protected areas faced brunt of deforestation in 2022

New satellite data reveals that Cambodia’s remaining dense forests were further depleted last year, with four major protected areas and national parks registering higher deforestation than in 2021. ...

Andrew Califf
https://cambojanews.com/satellite-data-shows-protected-areas-faced-brunt-of-deforestation-in-2022/

Stung Treng governor: Step up forestry crime control

Stung Treng provincial governor Svay Sam Eang on May 3 reiterated a call for authorities and security forces to step up forestry crime prevention and control, maintain security and public order, and address challenges facing locals in the northeastern province. ...

Sem Pisey
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/stung-treng-governor-step-forestry-crime-control

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
https://www.postkhmer.com/national/2023-03-21-0838-248224.html

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
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501240817/officers-crackdown-on-illegal-timber-trafficking/

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
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/protected-area-communities-report-forest-crimes-app

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. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/environment-ministry-scoffs-report-political-activists

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 ...

Danielle Keeton-Olsen
https://vodenglish.news/greed-for-land-consumes-lakes-forests-environment-2022/

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
https://cambojanews.com/in-protected-prey-lang-forest-communities-pushed-out-but-mining-companies-welcomed-in/

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. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mondulkiri-officials-probe-bunong-logging-allegations

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
https://vodenglish.news/power-line-markers-reveal-looming-path-of-destruction-in-prey-lang/

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
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501142217/cambodias-forests-cover-8-5-million-hectares/

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. ...

Phin Rathana
https://vodenglish.news/ratanakiri-land-dispute-escalates-amid-indigenous-frustration/

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. ...

Khut Sokun
https://www.vodkhmer.news/2022/08/22/preah-vihear-authority-seeks-land-settlement-for-131-families/

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.​​ ...

Sorn Sarath
https://cambojanews.com/oral-community-to-block-entrance-to-forestland-to-protect-from-military-clearance/

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 ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/preah-sihanouk-police-bust-295-land-grabbing

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.​ ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/preah-sihanouk-squatting-instigators-face-court

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