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Wildlife Alliance celebrates zero poaching

To celebrate World Elephant Day today, the conservation group Wildlife Alliance (WA) celebrated its achievement of zero poaching of the Cardamom Rainforest’s Asian elephant population in the last decade, according to a press release on Wednesday. ...

Tin Sokhavuth
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/28419/wildlife-alliance-celebrates-zero-poaching/

WWF slams lenience for civet caterers

The environmental protection group WWF has criticized the penalty imposed on three brothers arrested in Mondolkiri province over the weekend for filling the trunk of a car with turtles, lizards, snakes, a monkey and a civet—all of them meant to be food for a party. ...

Phan Soumy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/wwf-slams-lenience-civet-caterers-116537/

Wildlife book looks to put dent in poaching

World Wildlife Fund for Cambodia and the Ministry of Environment launched a glossy, 76-page picture booklet about the Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province yesterday, with the goal of educating the public about the benefits of protecting wildlife and countering poaching.   ...

Bun Sengkong
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/wildlife-book-looks-put-dent-poaching

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

Vietnamese move might hinder logging in Kingdom

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Monday called for the closure of 2.25 million hectares of natural forest in the country’s Central Highlands as well as the shuttering of wood processing facilities across the country, regional news outlets reported. ...

Donna M Airoldi
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/vietnamese-move-might-hinder-logging-kingdom

Dolphin’s decline down, infant survival rate up

The rate at which the population of Irrawaddy dolphins in the Mekong River is declining has dropped dramatically in recent years, although more dolphins must be protected into adulthood to save the species from extinction, according to a new report released Tuesday. ...

Taylor O'Connell and Ouch Sony
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/dolphins-decline-down-infant-survival-rate-up-99915/

Smooth road means more tourism for remote province

At the Coffee Resort in Sen Monorom, the capital of Mondulkiri province, business is booming. In just an hour, about 50 tourists, local and foreign alike, come through, ordering coffee or avocado shakes to go. Coffee beans and avocados grow well here, and now, thanks to ...

Phorn Bopha
http://bit.ly/1IgUL3l

Environmental groups urge Cambodia PM to press Laos to cancel dam project

Conservation groups have called on Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to press Lao President Choummaly Sayasone to postpone the construction of the much-criticized Don Sahong dam project on the Mekong River in Laos. ...

Ounkeo Souksavanh
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/efforts-to-cancel-dam-project-02252015161706.html

Six pythons emerge as plot of land cleared in Phnom Penh

An excavator operator clearing a patch of land in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district had a surprise run-in on Friday with six pythons, which broke cover as his machine moved onto their wetland habitat, according to a local official. ...

Hay Pisey
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/six-pythons-emerge-as-plot-of-land-cleared-in-phnom-penh-78010/

WWF unveils bid to help Mondulkiri forests

In the latest bid to protect Mondulkiri’s ravaged forests, World Wildlife Fund is rolling out a new project designed to give locals financial incentives to help preserve Mondulkiri Protected Forest and Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary. Cultivating small-scale, community-run businesses such as resin tree tapping and beekeeping ...

Amelia Woodside
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/wwf-unveils-bid-help-mondulkiri-forests

Impact study on dam problem-ridden: WWF

The conservation NGO WWF today slammed developers of the Don Sahong Hydropower project for providing “flawed” and scientifically unsound impact assessments. In an analysis released today, WWF criticised the hydropower project’s Environmental Impact Assessment and Social Impact Assessment, finding both “riddled with problems such as inappropriate ...

Laignee Barron
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/impact-study-dam-problem-ridden-wwf

Budget leaves $1.5b unassigned

Transparency watchdogs have warned that $1.5 billion of unallocated funds in next year’s budget will only encourage nepotism and embezzlement. The Draft Budget Law was approved at the National Assembly on Tuesday in a unanimous vote of 66 ruling Cambodian People’s Party MPs. The $3.4 billion ...

Daniel Pye and Vong Sokheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/budget-leaves-15b-unassigned

CPP Lawmaker Says Deforestation Is Good for Economy

CPP lawmaker Chheang Vun on Wednesday lauded the economic and social benefits of the widespread clearing of Cambodia’s forests for development projects. Speaking to reporters at the National Assembly after a meeting with the Vietnamese Ambassador Ngo Anh Dzung, Mr. Vun, who is also the spokesman ...

Mech Dara and Dene-Hern Chen
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cpp-lawmaker-says-deforestation-is-good-for-economy-46721/

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