Environment and natural resources

Forests and forestry

More than 40 huts demolished and four arrested over land grabs

Preah Sihanouk authorities and park rangers yesterday dismantled more than 40 illegally-built huts and arrested four people suspected of clearing forestland in a national park. ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50749580/more-than-40-huts-demolished-and-four-arrested-over-land-grabs/

Government to investigate illegal Mondulkiri land grabs

Minister of Interior Sar Kheng issued a directive on Thursday establishing an inter-ministerial working group to study illegal forest land occupation and encroachment of protected areas in Mondulkiri province. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/government-investigate-illegal-mondulkiri-land-grabs

Officials plant 2,000 tree saplings at Angkor area

More than 200 officials from the Apsara Authority and the Royal Academy of Cambodia have planted 2,000 tree saplings at the Prasat Prei temple in Siem Reap province’s Angkor Archaeological Park to further restore forest cover, as trees play an important role in the preservation ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50746698/officials-plant-2000-tree-saplings-at-angkor-area/

Prey Veng’s potential as a Wetland Zone mulled as Protected Natural Area

The Ministry of Environment is planning to include parts of a potential multi-purpose wetland area locally called “Boeungsne-Tuolporn Talei” in Prey Veng province as a protected natural area. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50746197/prey-vengs-potential-as-a-wetland-zone-mulled-as-protected-natural-area/

Provincial halls vow action against encroachers

The provinces of Kampong Chhnang and Koh Kong yesterday guaranteed legal action against any individual found guilty of encroaching on or engaging in illicit land trade within state-protected forests. ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50745460/provincial-halls-vow-action-against-encroachers/

Hunt for military captain in Kampong Speu timber crime case

Kampong Speu provincial authorities are on the hunt for Choeung Theng, a military officer allegedly connected to 191 pieces of illegally acquired timber which police found concealed in Oral district’s Sangke Satoap commune. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hunt-military-captain-kampong-speu-timber-crime-case

Koh Kong warns against unlawful land transactions

Koh Kong provincial authorities said they would not approve the sale and purchase of land in protected areas without proper paperwork. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/koh-kong-warns-against-unlawful-land-transactions

Environment Ministry releases report on natural resource crimes

The Ministry of Environment released an 18th month report stating 747 wildlife have been rescued and 206 wild animals were found dead in the Cardamom Mountains. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50744401/environment-ministry-releases-report-on-natural-resource-crimes/

15,625 luxurious tree saplings planted in Siem Reap

Some 15,625 luxurious trees have been planted in Siem Reap province to cheer the annual Arbour Day on July 9.Some 15,625 luxurious trees have been planted in Siem Reap province to cheer the annual Arbour Day on July 9. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50743837/15625-luxurious-tree-saplings-planted-in-siem-reap/

Ministry bans wild orchid trade

Trade of wild orchid flowers, typically found in the Kingdom’s protected areas, has officially been banned following yesterday’s announcement by the Ministry of Environment. ...

Va Sonyka
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50743810/ministry-bans-wild-orchid-trade/

Kampong Speu to reclaim national park land

Kampong Speu province is set to reclaim land in the Kirirom National Park after accusations from locals that environmental officers had encroached on 2ha of it.​ The statement came from provincial governor Vei Samnang who vowed to get to the bottom of the matter. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kampong-speu-reclaim-national-park-land

Police visit Phnum Prech to inspect logging

Indigenous people in Mondulkiri province called in the police and environment officials to visit a logging site in the Phnum Prech Wildlife Sanctuary after reports to a village leader were acted upon. Pu Neav village secretary Liv Kheam said on Monday that 10 indigenous people ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/police-visit-phnum-prech-inspect-logging

Provincial governor’s stern warning against destruction of mangroves

Preah Sihanouk provincial governor Kuoch Chamroeun on Sunday warned that criminals destroying mangrove forests to occupy state land will face strict legal repercussions. The warning came as he attended the replanting of mangroves on 2ha that had been destroyed in Tuol Totoeng commune’s Chumpu Khmao ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/provincial-governors-stern-warning-against-destruction-mangroves

‘No to corruption amid state-land distribution’: PM

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday warned of legal action against anyone caught taking advantage of state-mandated land distributions, two days after he ordered several ministries to oversee the transfer of state-protected land to its long-term occupants. ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50741609/no-to-corruption-amid-state-land-distribution-pm/

Hunt on for illegal loggers as timber found in Ratanakkiri

Ratanakkiri provincial and O’Yadav district police forces seized 30 logs of mixed timber from a plantation in Pak Nhay commune’s Lom village on Sunday. Police suspect traders hid the logs at the plantation while they waited to transport them to be sold in Vietnam. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hunt-illegal-loggers-timber-found-ratanakkiri

Gov’t, USAID criticized for inaction over severe forest loss at Prey Lang sanctuary

The University of Copenhagen’s open letter used data from the University of Maryland’s Global Forest Change dataset and other data points to show that 7,510 hectares of forestland were lost at the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary in 2019, the worst loss since 2016 when the ...

Sun Narin
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/govt-usaid-criticized-for-inaction-over-severe-forest-loss-at-prey-lang-sanctuary/5478565.html?

Working group working to improve forest community

The Ministry of Environment has created a working group to research and present a proposal to minister Say Sam Al on strategies, plans, projects and best practices to help improve the living standards of people in protected areas. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/working-group-working-improve-forest-community

Charcoal kilns destroyed

Kampong Speu police and the NGO ACNCIPO on Monday destroyed 117 illegal charcoal kilns in Oral district’s Tasal commune. The owners were required to sign a contract promising to stop the activities, which are taking place in the Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/charcoal-kilns-destroyed

Police probe land grab at Preah Vihear sanctuary

The Preah Vihear provincial Department of Environment and Rovieng district officials are working to identify a group of people who allegedly cleared 200ha at Boeung Pea wildlife sanctuary and bring them to justice. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/police-probe-land-grab-preah-vihear-sanctuary

Rescued wildlife set free in protected area

The Phnom Tamao Zoological Park and Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC) and the Pursat provincial Fisheries Administration have released five smooth otters, six dark-grey monkeys and 250 lesser whistling ducks to protected areas in Raingtoel Commune’s Kaoh Ka’ek village in Pursat’s Kandieng district. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/rescued-wildlife-set-free-protected-area

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