Environment and natural resources

Carbon trading and other Payments for Ecological Services (PES)

Grab offers innovative carbon offset option to support Cambodian forest protection

Passengers using the Grab ride-hailing app are offered the option to travel carbon neutral, said a press release of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) issued this afternoon, adding that a voluntary contribution allows passengers’ rides to be offset via carbon credits from the Keo Seima Wildlife ...

Khmer Times Staff

Carbon credits on table with Germany

Cambodia has asked Germany to buy some of the Kingdom’s carbon credits earned from preserving its natural resources. Interior Minister Sar Kheng made the request during a visit to Germany which concluded yesterday, a ministry statement noted. It said Cambodia requested Germany to study the possibility, ...

Khy Sovuthy

Are Disney's Cambodian carbon credits a fantasy?

The killing of three conservationists patrolling Cambodia’s biggest carbon credit project exposes the nearly insurmountable conflicts of interest plaguing schemes in which huge corporations such as Disney and Virgin Atlantic have invested millions of dollars, observers say. Military Police Officer Sek Wathana, Environment Ministry Ranger Teurn ...

David Boyle and Sun Narin

UN help sought in land dispute

Human rights representatives from NGO Adhoc and the United Nations have been asked to intervene in a land dispute between villagers and an army lieutenant they say was granted a land title illegally inside a protected community forest in Oddar Meanchey province. ...

Phak Seangly

Military clearing claims dismissed as outdated

A REDD Programme representative yesterday said it would be concerning if recent claims of the military systematically clearing protected forest in Oddar Meanchey province covered under the scheme proved true – though a third-party company has dismissed the claims as outdated. ...

Yesenia Amaro

Oddar Meanchey carbon scheme used by Virgin ‘does not work’

Claims the military is involved in systematically clearing forest in Oddar Meanchey province in an area meant to be protected by a carbon credit scheme involving Virgin Atlantic have prompted the UK-based airline to launch an investigation into the program. ...

Yesenia Amaro

Disney carbon deal follows past emissions credit failure

A $2.6 million deal by Walt Disney Company to preserve nearly 300,000 hectares of eastern Cambodian forest through the purchase of carbon credits will need to overcome past failures to succeed, critics said on Monday. ...

Ben Paviour

Disney buys up carbon credits in Mondulkiri

The Walt Disney Company has purchased $2.6 million in carbon credits in the forests of Mondulkuri province – marking the largest carbon credit sale to date in Cambodia and breathing life into a carbon-trading program many had written off as all but dead. ...

Phak Seangly and Kali Kotoski

Carbon credits a tough sell

Despite one success story emerging in the trade of Cambodia-generated carbon credits, immediate prospects for the environmental trading scheme in Kingdom remain few. Securing buyers of carbon credits for Cambodian projects is a well-known difficulty. Pact, however, left the project in July 2013 when the ...

Eddie Morton

As forests fall, carbon credit plan faces collapse

Community forest chiefs and rights groups in Oddar Meanchey province say logging is now so rampant they have finally given up hope that a U.N.-backed scheme to generate millions of dollars worth of carbon credits for the area and the country will ever get off ...

Kuch Naren and Zsombor Peter

Carbon Credits Ready for Sale in Oddar Meanchey Forest

Cambodia’s first verified carbon credit program is up and running in the remote province of Oddar Meanchey. But experts say there are limited carbon credit buyers, and illegal deforestation remains a major threat to the stability to the project. ...

Khoun Theara

Cambodia’s Carbon Credit Scheme Still Not Making Gains

Cambodia’s only U.N.-backed carbon trading scheme is still nowhere near making any money for communities and logging in the area continues to threaten the very forests supposed to generate tens of millions of dollars over the next 30 years, community representatives and officials in charge ...

Kuch Naren and Matt Blomberg

A Troubled Start for Cambodia’s Carbon Credits

Since 2007, the NGO Pact has been working with the government to turn 68,000 hectares of forest in Oddar Meanchey province into a moneymaking venture for the state just by keeping trees in the area standing. ...

Zsombor Peter and Kuch Naren

Satellite Shots to Help Settle Deforestation Claims

New satellite images of Oddar Meanchey province promise to help settle wildly conflicting deforestation estimates inside a 64,000-hectare area, which is set to anchor the country’s first forest-based carbon trading scheme. With the project potentially ready to sell carbon credits to foreign firms in a matter ...

Firm Says Logging Won’t Derail Carbon Credits

The U.S. firm selling credits for a carbon trading scheme that could earn Cambodia tens of millions of dollars said yesterday that sales could start in a matter of months, despite mounting claims of deforestation within the community forests set to anchor the project. ...

Zsombor Peter and Kuch Naren, P. 1

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