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Wildlife group busts illegal loggers in Cambodia

An illegal logger in Cambodia has dropped an address book during a bust, leaving behind details of corrupt government officials and spying rangers. The man fled after being intercepted by police over an illegal haul of rare rosewood in Koh Kong province earlier this month. . “We ...

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-23/an-wildlife-group-busts-illegal-loggers-in-cambodia/4709882

Cambodia creates safe zones for Mekong dolphins

The Cambodian government on Friday said it will limit fishing in a zone in the Mekong River to protect critically endangered freshwater dolphins The Irrawaddy dolphin conservation area will cover a 180-kilometre-long (110 miles) stretch of river from eastern Kratie province to the border with Laos, ...

http://news.xin.msn.com/en/regional/cambodia-creates-safe-zones-for-mekong-dolphins-2

Cardamom Mountains Need Green Economy And Development

In a ceremony of launching new book highlighted solutions to Cambodia’s cardamom conundrum, Author and scientist Timothy Killen explains the potential for Cambodia to become a world leader by pursuing an innovative, low carbon, green development pathway that will foster economic growth and create opportunities for its people, while conserving the natural environment. “Cambodia is ...

http://thesoutheastasiaweekly.com/

Cambodian forest campaigners fight rampant logging

KOH KONG, Cambodia – Frustrated by government inaction, Cambodian citizen patrollers are risking their lives to take on the country’s illegal loggers in a bid to save their shrinking forests. The shooting of a prominent environmentalist by a military policeman last month after he refused to ...

http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120527-348666.html

As Plans for Dam Gain Traction, Villagers Balk

For hundreds of years, the ancestors of Vam Sovann have lived in Koh Kong province’s remote Araeng valley. Some 70 km from the nearest national road, Mr. Sovann’s village has no electricity or phone coverage, no paved roads or running water; instead, it has access ...

River Dolphin Conservation Gets Go-Ahead

A government committee yesterday approved a draft sub-decree aimed at protecting the endangered Mekong River dolphin and will send it to the Council of Ministers within a few weeks. Among the provisions contained in the sub-decree is the creation of a 180-km-long conservation area stretching ...

Hun Sen Ends Tonle Sap Fishing Lot System

Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday that he would permanentlycance all 35 fishing lots on the Tonle Sap lake – which had already been suspended in recent months – and turn them into a conservation zone to protect the lake’s pressurized wild fisheries, on which ...

Hun Sen calls off deals on protected land

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday ordered an end to all private land deals inside the country’s protected areas and warned local businessmen and officials against making such illegal deals. “All official paperwork in connection with natural protected areas is invalid,” he said while speaking at the ...

Gathering of youths makes case for forests

Cambodia’s National Youth Congress called on the government yesterday to act to protect the country’s natural resources from illegal traders. About 100 young people from 30 colleges in Phnom Penh, Kratie and Kampong Thom Chhnang provinces attended a discussion about protecting natural resources – with a ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011122153526/National-news/gathering-of-youths-makes-case-for-forests.html

Logging in the wild west

Illegal logging of staggering proportions abetted by military personnel is decimating stocks of luxury rosewood in the Central Cardamom Protected Forest, while the conversation group tasked with protecting the area and its government counterparts deny the trade is even happening. In a period of several hours ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011122153536/National-news/logging-in-the-wild-west.html

Firm denies dam report bias

A consulting firm commissioned by the Lao government to prepare a report on the controversial US$3.8 billion Xayaburi dam project has rejected claims by environmentalists that their assessment was “biased” due partly to existing ties with a project backer. On Wednesday, conservation group International Rivers claimed ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com

Project to conserve Bakheng Temple gets $450,000 grant

A nearly half-million-dollar grant will allow a conservation project at Phnom Bakheng Temple – one of the oldest temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park – to be completed, according to the World Monuments Fund. The $450,000 grant was donated by the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural ...

Mekong environment ministers talk on sustainable economic development

Cambodia on July 28th hosted the 3rd Greater Mekong Sub- Region Environment Ministers to look forward to sustainable economic development in the region and to talk about current projects to reduce harm for regions and also to minimize several environmental challenges affecting natural resources, forest and ...

(Khem Sovannara and Chhorng Long Heng, p 7)
http://thesoutheastasiaweekly.com/?p=1289

Sell-Off of Wildlife Areas Faster than Believed

500 sq km of land from three conservation areas have been granted by the Cambodian government to agribusiness companies. Prime Minister Hun Sen has approved 50,750 hectares, through nine concessions, to be granted areas of land that were previously conservation areas. Reththy Kiri Sakor Co. ...

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