Forests and forestry

Forest protection

Mother Nature activists produce live podcast before hearing, urge court to summon founder to trial

Five environmental activists, charged with insulting the King and plotting against the government, produced a 30-minute podcast live on Facebook just before their third hearing to prove their innocence. ...

Khuon Narim and Seoung Nimol
https://cambojanews.com/mother-nature-activists-produce-live-podcast-before-hearing-urge-court-to-summon-founder-to-trial/

Hunt on for illegal Pursat loggers as timber discovered

Battambang provincial Department of Environment is hunting for the individuals involved in the transportation of more than 13 cubic metres of luxury timber that was seized near the Chrok Chang Eath ranger station in Prey Thom village of Samlot district’s Kampong Lpov commune on June ...

Phak Seangly
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hunt-on-for-illegal-pursat-loggers-as-timber-discovered

Forest Administration team conduct wildlife survey

NatureLife Cambodia and O Rey Community Protected Area (CPA) collaborated with the national and provincial forest administration team and Hong Anh Lumphat economic land concession to study the presentation of wildlife in Hong Anh Lumphat economic land concession on 10 February 2024. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501446894/forest-administration-team-conduct-wildlife-survey/

Ministry to create more communities to protect forest

The Ministry of Environment plans to establish at least 10 additional natural resource protection communities by year-end and in subsequent years to improve the livelihoods of communities and contribute to prevention of forest crime at the local level.​ ...

Hang Punreay
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501440112/ministry-to-create-more-communities-to-protect-forest/

Ministry invests $250,000 to protect natural resources last year

Last year the Ministry of Environment provided $250,000 in funding for the protection of natural resources and improving the lives of local communities. The funding is intended to encourage citizens to help prevent forest crime in Cambodia. ...

Hang Punreay
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501438766/ministry-invests-250000-to-protect-natural-resources-last-year/

Manet pledges ongoing protection for Tonle Sap

Prime Minister Hun Manet has committed to the continued protection of the Tonle Sap Lake, while also reiterating the government’s measures to support Cambodian farmers. ...

Sok Raksa
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/manet-pledges-ongoing-protection-for-tonle-sap

Ministry creates 193 nature protection communities in five years

The Ministry of Environment has established 193 protected area communities for biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, culture and promotion of national economic development. ...

Hang Punreay
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501431758/ministry-creates-193-nature-protection-communities-in-five-years/

Ministry advances community-led forest protection

Providing economic independence to communities in protected areas and empowering local authorities to intervene in cases of natural resource crimes is key to the success and sustainability of development projects. The approach also aligns with the goals of both those implementing and funding the initiatives, ...

Van Socheata
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-advances-community-led-forest-protection

Cultural tradition: Tree ordination in Prey Lang

Members of the Kuoy ethnic minority, part of the Prey Lang community network (PLCN) spanning Kratie, Stung Treng, Preah Vihear and Kampong Thom provinces, will perform a tree ordination ceremony next month. This annual event commemorates forests, accompanied by heartfelt prayers for their protection and ...

Chea Sokny
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cultural-tradition-tree-ordination-in-prey-lang

PM: No more mining licences in Prey Lang sanctuary

Prime Minister Hun Manet has designated the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary as a “red zone”, meaning he will not allow new any mining licences to be issued for the area, and would not allow the expansion of existing operations. ...

Neang Sokunthea
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-no-more-mining-licences-in-prey-lang-sanctuary

Chinese company developing goldmines in protected forest

A new report has revealed that a Chinese company is involved in large-scale gold mining in protected Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary (PLWS), threatening the environment and the lives of local people. ...

Thang Sinorn
https://kiripost.com/stories/chinese-company-developing-gold-mines-in-protected-forest

Ethnic Kuy put curse on environment officials building cow stable in wildlife sanctuary

Kuy indigenous peoples in Preah Vihear province’s Chheb district invoked ancestral spirits and held a “curse ceremony” to hex powerful people, including department of environment officials who they say are violating their land rights. ...

Seoung Nimol
https://cambojanews.com/ethnic-kuy-put-curse-on-environment-officials-building-cow-stable-in-wildlife-sanctuary/

Rare sarus cranes hatch in Keo Seima sanctuary

In late August, a dedicated wildlife monitoring team from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS Cambodia) in Mondulkiri province made a remarkable discovery – locating another rare sarus crane nest, in which two newborn birds had been safely hatched. Sharing the encouraging news on September 4, WCS ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://phnompenhpost.com/national/rare-sarus-cranes-hatch-keo-seima-sanctuary

Burning Homes in the Name of Conservation: NGO Wildlife Alliance Cracks Down on the Poor

The farmers of Knong Riel run when they see white faces. A white face, for many farmers, means staff from Wildlife Alliance, one of Cambodia’s leading conservation NGOs, have entered the northern edge of the Cardamom National Park where dozens of families grow cassava, corn ...

Jack Brook
https://cambojanews.com/burning-homes-in-the-name-of-conservation-ngo-wildlife-alliance-cracks-down-on-the-poor/

New Environment Minister sets out to expand forest cover

The new Minister of Environment, Eang Sophalleth, has encouraged the planting and maintenance of trees to expand forest cover and promote the development of eco-cultural tourism communities to preserve the environment and improve local livelihoods. ...

Torn Vibol
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501350485/new-environment-minister-sets-out-to-expand-forest-cover/

Government gives 9,968 hectares in Botum Sakor National Park to Royal Group

Tycoon Kith Meng’s Royal Group company received 9,968 hectares inside Botum Sakor National park in Koh Kong province, according to a January 25 sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen and published earlier this month. ...

Runn Sreydeth and Phon Sothyroth
https://cambojanews.com/government-gives-9968-hectares-in-botum-sakor-national-park-to-royal-group/

Kraol minority apologise for burning down office

The O’Krieng Senchey district administration in Kratie province have ordered the Sre Chis commune authorities to educate minority ethnic groups about the laws and legal instruments related to environmental protection. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kraol-minority-apologise-burning-down-office

Protected Preah Vihear Temple area expanded, renamed

The government has issued a sub-decree to expand and rename the Preah Vihear Temple Protected Land as Preah Vihear-Phnom Dangrek Protected Land, bringing it under two provinces, Preah Vihear and Oddar Meanchey. ...

Hang Punreay
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501345961/protected-preah-vihear-temple-area-expanded-renamed/

Cambodia identifies nearly 30 natural protected areas with cultural heritage sites

The Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts have identified 27 natural protected areas with cultural heritage sites out of 73 natural protected areas in Cambodia. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501345049/cambodia-identifies-nearly-30-natural-protected-areas-with-cultural-heritage-sites/

Government reclassifying biodiversity corridors into protected areas

At least 15 protected areas have expanded to integrate adjacent biodiversity corridors, according to government sub-decrees issued in July and released sporadically over the course of the week. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/government-reclassifying-biodiversity-corridors-into-protected-areas/

930K ha Cardamom park established

The government has announced the establishment of the Cardamom Mountain National Park, a sprawling natural reserve covering nearly 930,000ha across five provinces. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/930k-ha-cardamom-park-established

Royal Government issues sub-decree to amend Preah Monivong “Bokor” National park

The Royal Government of Cambodia recently issued a sub-decree on the revision of Monivong Bokor National Park by expanding it to more than 156,000 hectares located in Kampot, Kampong Speu, and Sihanoukville provinces. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501338978/royal-government-issues-sub-decree-to-amend-preah-monivong-bokor-national-park/

Bakan grassland added to protected area

The Ministry of Environment – in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society of Cambodia (WCS), the Pursat provincial administration, the Pursat provincial Department of Environment and relevant partners – held an August 4 workshop to explain “Sub-Decree 144 on the Bakan Grassland in the Tonle ...

Sok Raksa
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/bakan-grassland-added-protected-area

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