K Speu villagers protesting mystery land encroachers

About 35ha of Toap Mean community forest land in Kampong Speu province’s Thpong district has been encroached on by unknown individuals who fenced off and planted crops on 30ha of the land. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn

Wildlife sanctuaries in Kratie, Battambang and Banteay Meanchey closed

Two protected wildlife sanctuaries – Snuol Wildlife Sanctuary in Kratie province and Roneam Daun Sam Wildlife Sanctuary in Battambang and Banteay Meanchey provinces – have been dissolved under a royal decree, with at least one conservationist on Sunday saying the move illustrated the government’s failure ...

Phak Seangly

PM blames Cambodia’s logging problem on opposition

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday blamed Cambodia’s rampant deforestation on local villagers who he claimed had been “incited” by the opposition to clear the forestland, though conservationists were quick to point out that those behind illegal logging are actually often powerful tycoons connected to the ...

Ben Sokhean

Illegal logging forum banned in Preah Vihear

Preah Vihear officials abruptly barred environmental activists from holding a planned public forum Wednesday, with the activists claiming it was for political reasons and officials saying the group had failed to go through the proper channels. Seng Sokheng, secretariat coordinator of Community Peace Building Network, said ...

Khuon Narim

New Report Shows Cambodian Forests in Jeopardy

The rights group Adhoc says it is monitoring “at least 100” individuals who are complicit in forestry crimes across the country. These include “high-ranking officers” of the police and military police; business tycoons; and ordinary citizens across 11 provinces, Chan Soveth, a lead investigator for the ...

Kong Sothanarith

Courts systematically used to ‘threaten’ villagers, NGOs say

The government failed to evaluate social and environmental impacts before granting economic land concessions to private companies, while officials and company staff used the courts to intimidate residents during land disputes, representatives of NGOs said at a conference in the capital yesterday. “The courts are not ...

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