Forests and forestry

Forest policy and administration

Forest law amendment to be done before 2023

Interior Minister Sar Kheng is pushing for an amendment of the forestry law to be done before the end of the current mandate. Earlier this week, Mr Kheng said that illegal logging in Mondulkiri province is rampant and that an amendment was needed to delegate ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50536611/forest-law-amendment-to-be-done-before-2023/

Sar Kheng slams forest crime

Minister of Interior Sar Kheng cited satellite footage of recent forest crimes as he criticised inept provincial officials for illegal logging and the flouting of the Kingdom’s forestry law. “You are not born with the forest. We have an obligation to protect the natural resources ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sar-kheng-slams-forest-crime

Government rips into WWF report

The Ministry of Agriculture’s Forestry Administration spokesman Keo Omaliss hit back on Thursday at a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report that claims the Greater Mekong will lose 30 percent of its forests by 2030 without drastic action. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/government-rips-wwf-report

Forestry chief moved amid scandal

The Kratie provincial government yesterday denied reports that the provincial forestry chief was being removed from his position following allegations that he was colluding with illegal timber traders. ...

Pav Suy
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/40080/forestry-chief-moved-amid-scandal/

Gov’t: China, Vietnam helping in timber fight

Environment Minister Say Samal, known for his outlandish and at times false claims about illegal logging and deforestation in the Kingdom, said yesterday that his ministry was collaborating with officials in Vietnam and China – two of the largest buyers of precious Cambodian wood – ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/30518/gov---t--china--vietnam-helping-in-timber-fight/

The deforestation continues

The high-pitched whine of chainsaws drowned out the sound of birds and bugs you usually hear during any trek through Prey Lang forest. What was once an area full of animals scurrying under the shade of gargantuan trees is now largely populated by stumps and ash. The ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/28863/the-deforestation-continues/

Ethnic forest patrol ambushed in Preah Vihear

Four members of a forest patrol were ambushed in Preah Vihear’s Cheam Pen community forest on Tuesday afternoon, according to deputy forest chief Ros Lim. ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ethnic-forest-patrol-ambushed-preah-vihear

Rosewood export permits were faked, government says

The government claims not to have issued a single permit to export Siamese rosewood since it agreed to strict new trade rules for the exceedingly rare trees, and says it will look into a U.N.-managed database that states otherwise.   ...

Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/rosewood-export-permits-were-faked-govt-says-114772/

Timber inspection thwarted by Svay Rieng border police

Forestry officials in Svay Rieng province on Wednesday said border guards prevented them from seizing and inspecting a trio of trucks suspected of smuggling luxury wood into Vietnam, flagging the convoy through despite their protests. ...

Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/timber-inspection-thwarted-by-svay-rieng-border-police-113377/

Timber exports to VN way up

Legal timber exports to Vietnam – the bulk of them rosewood – soared between 2013 and 2015, with the volume of logs exported increasing by a factor of 142 and seven times as much sawn wood passing across the border, according to a report by ...

Jack Davies
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/timber-exports-vn-way

Government expands sanctuary in Prey Lang, adds Preah Vihear

The government has reversed course on a controversial decision to downsize the proposed boundaries of a long-awaited protected area for the beleaguered Prey Lang Forest, the largest lowland evergreen forest left in Southeast Asia.   ...

Aun Pheap and Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/govt-expands-sanctuary-in-prey-lang-adds-preah-vihear-112723/

Cambodia declares protected area in hotly contested Prey Lang forest

A landmark decision by Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen could see almost a million hectares of forest reclassified as protected areas in a country with one of the highest deforestation rates in the world.​ But the order, circulated on Friday, to transfer control of the sites ...

Daniel Pye
https://news.mongabay.com/2016/05/cambodia-protected-areas/

Deforestation taskforce files complaint against five companies

The National Anti-Deforestation Committee (NADC) filed complaints to provincial courts against five companies that obtained economic land concessions (ELCs) from the government after discovering irregularities in the companies’ timber stocks after a three-day inspection early this week. ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/22549/deforestation-taskforce-files-complaint-against-five-companies/

New anti-deforestation committee ‘successful’

Over a month after launching, the National Anti-Deforestation Committee (NADC) has claimed that deforestation crimes across the country have dropped significantly, with the majority of illegal deforestation occurring in Mondulkiri, Kratie and Tbong Khmum provinces. ...

Taing Vida
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/21729/new-anti-deforestation-committee----successful---/

Shots fired in Mondulkiri timber chase

A former Mondulkiri provincial military police officer, Sou Marith, fired on authorities who had chased a car carrying timber to his home, but managed to make good his escape in the hours it took authorities to procure an arrest warrant, local authorities said. ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/shots-fired-mondulkiri-timber-chase

Adhoc to lead company forestry license review

In a move to crack down on future illegal logging, the government has created a special Commission, led by human rights group Adhoc, which will review and cancel any licenses of companies that violate forestry laws. ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/20362/adhoc-to-lead-company-forestry-license-review/

Pheap timber under scrutiny

Authorities from the government’s new anti-logging task force swooped into Stung Treng yesterday and inspected timber stockpiles belonging to the Kingdom’s most prominent logging magnate, Try Pheap, who has been accused of reaping immense profits from the clear-cutting of Cambodian forests for years. ...

Mech Dara and Charles Rollet
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pheap-timber-under-scrutiny

Tbong Khmum timber warehouses raide

Authorities yesterday raided several logging warehouses in the country’s east, just days after Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered a crackdown on illegal timber smuggling into Vietnam. ...

Mech Dara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/tbong-khmum-timber-warehouses-raided

Community sues border police over loggers

A group of villagers in Mondolkiri province filed a lawsuit this week against three local border police officers and a forestry official accusing them of allowing Vietnamese loggers to sneak across the nearby border and illegally log the forests they depend on for a living. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/104780-104780/

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