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Illegal logging denied in Mondulkiri province

The Mondulkiri agriculture department yesterday denied claims by an environmental activist that it allowed two private firms to transport timber to Vietnam. Activist Heng Sros, 24, from the Cambodian Human Rights Task Force, yesterday said that the private companies received permission to transport high quality ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50576716/illegal-logging-denied-in-mondulkiri-province/

Activist asks UN to review EU-Vietnam timber deal

A prominent environmental activist has reached out to the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment in a bid to have him oppose a timber trade deal set to be inked between the European Union and Vietnam. ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50541573/activist-asks-un-to-review-eu-vietnam-timber-deal/

Yellow vine factory closed

Officials from Koh Kong province’s environment department have confirmed that the construction of a yellow vine processing plant has been halted after a directive from the Environment Ministry.​ Department chief Morn Phalla said that while the plant’s construction had ceased, factory equipment was on the site ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/32688/yellow-vine-factory-closed/

Gov’t: China, Vietnam helping in timber fight

Environment Minister Say Samal, known for his outlandish and at times false claims about illegal logging and deforestation in the Kingdom, said yesterday that his ministry was collaborating with officials in Vietnam and China – two of the largest buyers of precious Cambodian wood – ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/30518/gov---t--china--vietnam-helping-in-timber-fight/

Authorities ordered to enforce forestry laws

Despite numerous laws and committees created to tackle deforestation and illegal logging in Cambodia, the timber trade has continued unabated. In another attempt to deal with the issue, authorities across the country have been ordered to ensure they execute their responsibilities to oversee the enforcement of ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/30209/authorities-ordered-to-enforce-forestry-laws/

Police admit logging failure

The National Committee for Forest Crime Prevention has admitted that despite claims from a variety of high-level government officials that deforestation and illegal logging had been stopped entirely, the illegal timber trade was still ravaging the country’s forests. In June, Environment Minister Say Samal claimed the ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/29769/police-admit-logging-failure/

Rights NGO worker held over UDG protest

An NGO worker was detained on Friday after participating in a roadblock by Koh Kong province’s Poy Chorpun community to protest the activities of the Chinese firm Union Development Group (UDG). ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/rights-ngo-worker-held-over-udg-protest

Police arrest, release activist in Koh Kong

Police in Koh Kong province arrested and released an activist on Saturday who helped families organize a roadblock against a Chinese company they accuse of stealing their farms. ...

Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/police-arrest-release-activist-in-koh-kong-94857/

Parliamentary committee to investigate illegal logging

A parliamentary committee will look into allegations of illegal logging and timber exports, where big money and deep corruption have led to conflict, deforestation and tax fraud. Opposition lawmaker Ho Vann, who leads the National Assembly committee, told VOA Khmer he is looking into evidence and ...

Sok Khemara
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/parliamentary-committee-to-investigate-illegal-logging/2650379.html

Logging a resource issue, says official

A forestry official with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) who is usually tight-lipped acknowledged last week that his agency has struggled to combat illegal logging, blaming a shortage of manpower and entrenched opportunistic logging by villagers – explanations that were laughed off ...

May Titthara and Stuart White
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/logging-resource-issue-says-official

A logging free-for-all

The scale of mass logging in once-dense woodlands in Cambodia’s north now more closely resembles the free-for-all of a gold rush than the sustainable forestry more often associated with these communities. With the financial backing of powerful businessmen, villagers in three districts of Preah Vihear are ...

May Titthara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/logging-free-all

Kuoy villagers say patrols put logging on pause

For three days last week, the Preah Roka forest in Preah Vihear province was silent, the usual cacophony of chainsaws notably absent. The buzz of trucks arriving empty and later leaving heavily loaded with timber had been replaced by ethnic Kuoy villagers, about 300 in all, ...

May Titthara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kuoy-villagers-say-patrols-put-logging-pause

Man fronts court over Pheap row

A man facing defamation charges was questioned in Kandal Provincial Court yesterday following his comments in a report that alleged tycoon Try Pheap was illegally logging. San Sen was quoted in a Cambodian Human Rights Task Force (CHRTF) report last month that implicated the tycoon in ...

May Titthara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/man-fronts-court-over-pheap-row

Try Pheap ‘defamers’ to see court

Two people who were quoted in a report implicating tycoon Try Pheap in illegal logging have been issued fresh summonses to appear in Kandal Provincial Court on defamation charges. Sen San and Ouk Sambo were originally scheduled to appear in the court last Friday, but San ...

May Titthara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/try-pheap-%E2%80%98defamers%E2%80%99-see-court

Villagers say petition is a ‘trick’

Villagers in Kandal province alleged yesterday that officials had “tricked” them into thumb-printing a petition supporting tycoon Try Pheap’s claim that he is not involved in illegal logging and endorsing his defamation suit against two villagers. In a scathing report released last Wednesday, the Cambodian Human ...

May Titthara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/villagers-say-petition-%E2%80%98trick%E2%80%99

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