Environment and natural resources policy and administration

Overview of policy and legal framework

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?

50,000 hectares in two sanctuaries registered as state land

The Environment Ministry has registered more than 50,000 hectares of protected area of the Peam Krasop and Phnom Prich wildlife sanctuaries as state land in a bid to eliminate land disputes in conservation areas. ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50714774/50000-hectares-in-two-sanctuaries-registered-as-state-land/

Men held over forest clearing in Mondulkiri

Four men were detained on Tuesday for clearing land in a biodiversity conservation corridor of protected natural areas in Koh Nhek district, in Mondulkiri province. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/men-held-over-forest-clearing-mondulkiri

Ministry throws weight behind wetlands plan

At a consultative meeting with the Prey Veng provincial administration on Thursday, the Ministry of Environment expressed support for its initiative to turn the wetlands at Boeung Snae lake, in Ba Phnom district’s Batheay commune, into a protected area. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-throws-weight-behind-wetlands-plan

NGO reports massive forest clearing in Prey Lang area

The Cambodian Youth Network yesterday said hundreds of hectares of forest land in the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary have been illegally cleared in Stung Treng and Preah Vihear provinces. ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50657343/ngo-reports-massive-forest-clearing-in-prey-lang-area/

Illegal logging threatens Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary, says CYN report

The Cambodian Youth Network (CYN) released a report on Tuesday noting the loss and deforestation of some 3,000ha of forest land in the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary because of logging since last year. The report was based on investigative research into illegal logging in the said ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/illegal-logging-threatens-prey-lang-wildlife-sanctuary-says-cyn-report

Sanctuary concessions granted

The ministry’s report, which it shared on its Facebook page, said CRCK II Rubber Development and Bean Heack Investment Co Ltd have been respectively allowed to develop 7,121.78ha and 4,128.66ha within Boeung Pear Wildlife Sanctuary in Kampong Thom province. Following the granting of the concessions, the ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sanctuary-concessions-granted

Five suspects arrested for ploughing forestland

Pursat environmental officials sent five suspects to the provincial court yesterday afternoon for allegedly attempting to farm on flooded forestland illegally, a provincial environmental officer said. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/five-suspects-arrested-ploughing-forestland

Commission to save natural resources

The government created a national commission last week to prevent and crack down on crimes involving natural resources. National Military Police Commander Sao Sokha will head the commission and Hou Sakun, the deputy commissioner general of the National Police, will be second in command. Environment Ministry and ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/33006/commission-to-save-natural-resources/

Government gives land to villagers

The Preah Sihanouk provincial hall has started providing land to nearly 300 families living illegally around the Kbal Chhay waterfall in Sihanoukville’s Muoy commune. The decision to provide land came after villagers blocked National Road 4 in September, burning tires in protest of resettlement from the ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/32955/government-gives-land-to-villagers/

Company owners, employees arrested over huge timber raid

The owners of Hong Sopheap Development Company in Preah Vihear have been arrested days after military police carried out a massive raid on a 4,000 hectare social land concession (SLC) that the company holds a licence to log. ...

Mech Dara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/company-owners-employees-arrested-over-huge-timber-raid

Elephant herds spotted in Wildlife Sanctuary

Researchers have released new photos offering a rare glimpse of endangered elephant herds seen traveling with calves through the Tonle Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province earlier this month. The photos are part of a conservation supervisory project undertaken by Winrock International and the World Wildlife ...

Safiya Charles
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/26631/elephant-herds-spotted--in-wildlife-sanctuary

Nearly six million hectares to be protected

Minister of Environment Say Sam Al has sent a letter to the Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction asking to register nearly six million  hectares of land as protected under the Ministry of the Environment.    ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/24932/nearly-six-million-hectares-to-be-protected/

Angkor worksite reveals 2 statues

Authorities at the Angkor Temple Complex in Siem Reap province yesterday announced the discovery of two statues dating from the 10th century, uncovered during the digging of a water channel. ...

Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/angkor-worksite-reveals-2-statues

Dam threat to Mekong River’s last few dolphins

The fate of the last surviving Irrawaddy river dolphins on the Laos-Cambodian border hangs in the balance after a Laos government official was reported as saying this week that construction of the dam would begin by the end of the year.   ...

Claire Boobbyer
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/11857911/Dam-threat-to-Mekong-Rivers-last-few-dolphins.html

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