Forests and forestry

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. ...

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

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
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/forestry-administration-issues-wrap-2021-enforcement

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
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-do-not-defile-tonle-sap-swamp-forest-or-else

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
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50928890/preah-vihear-authorities-seize-more-than-2000-cubic-metres-of-non-timber-forest-products/

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. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/bokor-natl-park-rangers-get-armed-drones

Illegal timber seized from cashew plantation

Forestry administration officers went to seize slabs of illegally logged timber from a cashew plantation in Thala Bori Vat district, Stung Treng on August 10. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50914546/illegal-timber-seized-from-cashew-plantation/

Ex-district police chief under probe over land encroachment in KK

Sre Ambel district authorities in Koh Kong province are investigating a case involving a former district police chief who is allegedly encroaching on forest land in Dang Peng commune’s Veal Pouch village. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ex-district-police-chief-under-probe-over-land-encroachment-kk

Five farmers under investigation for encroachment

Kampong Chhang provincial police have been investigating five people who are alleged to have secretly cleared and encroached on flooded forest land in separate locations covering nearly 10ha in Chhnok Trou commune’s Ses Slap village of Boribor district.​​ ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/five-farmers-under-investigation-encroachment

Forestry crimes persist, but on small scale, official says

In the first six months of this year, rangers from the Ministry of Environment went on 14,422 patrols in protected natural areas and biodiversity corridors, investigated 4,238 cases of natural resource offences, imposed fines in 511 of those cases and sent 515 of the cases ...

Voun Dara
https://phnompenhpost.com/national/forestry-crimes-persist-small-scale-official-says

Preah Sihanouk probes land clearing for economic zone

A joint working group of the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration is inspecting a site at Bak Kang Mountain, which was designated state public property in 2002 but is now being cleared by a private company. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/preah-sihanouk-probes-land-clearing-economic-zone

Kampong Speu governor orders intruders off state forest land

Kampong Speu provincial governor Vei Samnang has issued an order prohibiting clearing and settling on more than 281ha of state forest land in two locations after some residents illegally occupied and farm the land. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kampong-speu-governor-orders-intruders-state-forest-land

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