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Cambodia commits to halve deforestation by 2030

Cambodia is all set to reduce deforestation by half by the year 2030 and achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions in its forestry sector by 2040. ...

Son Minea
http://khmertimeskh.com/501024424/cambodia-commits-to-halve-deforestation-by-2030/

RAC to reduce crimes in its protected forest

The Royal Academy of Cambodia (RAC) discovered 10 cases of deforestation and land encroachment this month in the Techo Sen Russey Treb Park protected area which is under its jurisdiction. ...

Son Minea
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501016725/rac-to-reduce-crimes-in-its-protected-forest/

Ministry refutes NGO’s claims of deforestation in santuaries

A senior Ministry of Environment official has hit back at some local and international NGOs for their reports on deforestation, which they claim has affected the rights of indigenous people. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-refutes-ngos-claims-deforestation-santuaries

Authorities stumble onto over 60ha of deforestation in Kampong Thom

The Forestry Administration in Kampong Thom province has stumbled onto deforestation of more than 60 hectares of land in the Ang Ten community forest. ...

Son Minea
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501008570/authorities-stumble-onto-over-60ha-of-deforestation-in-kampong-thom/

Activists say mangroves under threat

Some of Cambodia’s fishing communities and civil society organisations are expressing great concern over the ongoing loss of mangrove forests in coastal areas due to illegal encroachment as well as legal coastal development projects. They called on relevant authorities to intervene on the matter. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/activists-say-mangroves-under-threat

On the right track to generating carbon credits

The 43 new sites identified by the Ministry of Environment and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Greening Prey Lang for the supply of carbon credits will bring positive environmental, community and biodiversity impacts to Cambodia besides having no deforestation and degradation of protected ...

Son Minea
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50920930/on-the-right-track-to-generating-carbon-credits/

Stung Treng officials find illegal timber stockpile, owner escapes

A large amount of illegal luxury timber was impounded by Stung Treng provincial Forestry Administration officials on April 26 after it was discovered in a forest in the province’s Sen Chey district.   ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/stung-treng-officials-find-illegal-timber-stockpile-owner-escapes

Ministry rejects report on loss of forest cover

The Ministry of Environment rejected a report from the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime which claimed that Cambodia had lost more than 50,000ha of forest cover in Prey Lang Wildlife and Preah Rokar-Chheb Wildlife Sanctuaries over an 18-year period.   ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-rejects-report-loss-forest-cover

Illegal loggers clear 30 hectares of forest in Mondulkiri province

Illegal loggers have cleared 30-hectares of community forest land, close to the site of thousands of natural stone pillars in Mondulkiri province, felling hundreds of trees and leaving the area barren. ...

Tith Kongnov
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50781262/illegal-loggers-clear-30-hectares-of-forest-in-mondulkiri-province/

Cambodia’s land concessions yield few benefits, sow social and environmental devastation

Cambodia’s government has strenuously promoted long-term leasing of unused land as Economic Land Concessions (ELCs) to attract investors and encourage development in the impoverished nation, but observers say the policy has resulted in few benefits at the cost of huge social and environmental impacts. ...

RFA staff
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/concessions-08262020174829.html

Kratie military police seize lorries, trailers and timber

A three-day operation by the Kratie provincial Military Police ended in the seizure of three lorries, two trailers and about four cubic meters of timber. The suspects escaped. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://bit.ly/2KCNPXI

Six detained over forest clearing in Mondulkiri

Mondulkiri provincial court sent six people in pre-trial detention on Friday and Saturday on separate charges of deforestation and encroachment on natural protected areas, the provincial department of environment revealed. ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50717269/six-detained-over-forest-clearing-in-mondulkiri/

King urges tree planting on Arbour Day

On a visit to Kratie province on Tuesday to celebrate Arbour Day, also known as National Tree Planting Day, King Norodom Sihamoni called on the people to plant trees in public areas and on their farmland and join together to prevent deforestation and environmental crimes. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/king-urges-tree-planting-arbour-day

‘Factories, fossil fuels mostly to blame for climate change’

Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra on Wednesday blamed climate change and global warming on greenhouse gas emissions from heavy industrial factories and the burning of fossil fuels in developed countries. He said deforestation is only a small contributing factor. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/factories-fossil-fuels-mostly-blame-climate-change

PM hits back at environmental activists over logging criticisms

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday responded to environmental activists who accused the government of inaction over deforestation in Cambodia, saying they themselves used luxury wood to build and decorate their own homes. Speaking at the opening ceremony of Phnom Penh’s third ring road, the ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-hits-back-environmental-activists-over-logging-criticisms

Committee to relocate national park villagers

The Ministry of Environment and Siem Reap provincial administration have formed a joint committee to deliberate the relocation of 5,000 people from Kulen Mountain following deforestation in the tourist area. Ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra said on Sunday that the livelihood of the people affects the ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/committee-relocate-national-park-villagers

Sanctuary chief accused of ‘collusion’

The Koh Kong provincial joint committee will continue its probe into the Dang Paeng Multipurpose Protected Sanctuary after social media posts alleged that mangrove forestland had been cleared in the area with the collusion of sanctuary officials. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sanctuary-chief-accused-collusion

PM to deploy helicopters to monitor illegal logging

Speaking before members of the Cambodian diaspora in the US on Sunday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said he has ordered helicopters to be deployed above forests in the Kingdom to monitor illegal logging activities. ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-deploy-helicopters-monitor-illegal-logging

Government rips into WWF report

The Ministry of Agriculture’s Forestry Administration spokesman Keo Omaliss hit back on Thursday at a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report that claims the Greater Mekong will lose 30 percent of its forests by 2030 without drastic action. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/government-rips-wwf-report

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