Forests and forestry

Forest protection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Forest community report fish poisoning

Buddhist monks and members of the forest community of Sorng Rukhavorn Wildlife Sanctuary have expressed deep concern over illegal fishing activities in the sanctuary. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

Some 1,500 Bantengs counted in Cambodia

Around 1,500 Bantengs (Bos Javanicus) listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Red List of Threatened Species have been recorded in Cambodia’s forests. ...

Khmer Times Staff

Ministry vows to curb poaching in protected zones

In an ongoing effort to protect wildlife and maintain ecological balance, the Ministry of Environment along with key partners have pledged to tackle the escalating issues of poaching and bush meat trafficking within and around protected zones. Civil society groups, meanwhile, have called for more ...

Long Kimmarita

Seventeen nests of lesser Adjutant recorded in 2022 breeding season

A total of 17 nests of Lesser adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus) were recorded in Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary (LWS) by the end of 2022 breeding season, according to a news release of NatureLife Cambodia this morning. ...

Khmer Times Staff

Senior officials urge park rangers to educate and advertise people about the law and the impact of deforestation and wildlife

Senior officials of the Ministry of Environment has urged park rangers to educate and advertise people living around protected areas to understand the law and the impact of deforestation and wildlife conservation for the long term benefit of the future. ...

Khmer Times Staff

P Vihear encroachment crackdown imminent

The National Authority for Preah Vihear (NAPV) announced that the national authorities will work with their provincial counterparts to take action against state land encroachment – of part of protected area two – in the third week of this month. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn

16 cranes recorded at Lumphat sanctuary, highest in five years

Naturelife Cambodia, a Cambodian conservation organisation, has reported a significant increase in sarus crane (Antigone antigone) numbers during the non-breeding season at Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary for 2022-2023. ...

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