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Deforestation crackdown in Pursat yields large seizures

Eight people have been reprimanded and one suspect has been sent to court during the beginning of a 30-day campaign against state land occupation and deforestation in Pursat province. ... ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/deforestation-crackdown-in-pursat-yields-large-seizures

Cambodia loses 31% of protected Areas’ trees in one decade

Cambodia lost 31 percent of tree cover from its wildlife sanctuary protected areas between 2001 and 2022, and more than 100,000 hectares (ha) in 2022, equivalent to 1.2 percent, according to a Citizens Engaged in Environmental Justice for All (CEEJA) report.  ... ...

Thang Sinorn
https://kiripost.com/stories/cambodia-loses-31-of-protected-areas-trees-in-one-decade

New M’kiri airport to boost tourism, economy but deforestation concerns linger

The government has permitted private firm Focus Trans Global Venture Co Ltd (FTGV) to study the construction of a new airport in Mondulkiri province, northeast of Cambodia, as well as invest in a build, operate and transfer (BOT) model, the Office of the Council Minister ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/new-mkiri-airport-to-boost-tourism-economy-but-deforestation-concerns-linger/

Indigenous people in a village in Ratanakiri province cut down trees at risk to pay off debts

Residents of a village in O'Yadao district, Ratanakiri province, due to debt, went to cut down trees in the community, transported them across the border and sold them to Vietnam in order to repay the bank, according to village and community authorities. ... ...

An Vichet
https://khmer.cambojanews.com/indigenous-people-in-a-village-in-ratanakkiri-province-cut-down-trees-at-risk-to-pay-off-debts/

Tycoon’s son receives 6,234 hectares in Botum Sakor National Park

A company linked to the son of tycoon Ly Yong Phat received a 6,234 hectare concession inside Botum Sakor National Park, according to a January sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen and published on Wednesday. ... ...

Eung Sea
https://cambojanews.com/tycoons-son-receives-6234-hectares-in-botum-sakor-national-park/

Senior officials urge park rangers to educate and advertise people about the law and the impact of deforestation and wildlife

Senior officials of the Ministry of Environment has urged park rangers to educate and advertise people living around protected areas to understand the law and the impact of deforestation and wildlife conservation for the long term benefit of the future. ... ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501312001/senior-officials-urge-park-rangers-to-educate-and-advertise-people-about-the-law-and-the-impact-of-deforestation-and-wildlife/

Satellite data shows protected areas faced brunt of deforestation in 2022

New satellite data reveals that Cambodia’s remaining dense forests were further depleted last year, with four major protected areas and national parks registering higher deforestation than in 2021. ... ...

Andrew Califf
https://cambojanews.com/satellite-data-shows-protected-areas-faced-brunt-of-deforestation-in-2022/

PM orders immediate crackdown on ‘anarchy’ of deforestation

Prime Minister Hun Sen has issued strict regulations to prevent deforestation and encroachment on state land as the election approaches. ... ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501303171/pm-orders-immediate-crackdown-on-anarchy-of-deforestation/

Youths and communities report deforestation in Oral Mountains Wildlife Sanctuary

Phnom Khnong Veal youth and community groups claim that forest crime continues to be a cause for concern in Oral Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary, especially large forests along the road up to Phnom Khnong Veal in the village Sastra, Ta Sal commune, Oral district, Kampong Speu ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.postkhmer.com/national/2023-05-01-1829-249582.html

ADB warns Cambodia’s growth will be stunted by climate change

Cambodia’s long term economic growth faces significant threats from climate change and could dampen prospects for becoming an upper-middle income country in the coming years, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) report issued last week. ... ...

Sorn Sarath and Runn Sreydeth
https://cambojanews.com/adb-warns-cambodias-growth-will-be-stunted-by-climate-change/

In protected Prey Lang forest, communities pushed out but mining companies welcomed in

Kampong Thom’s Sandan district: Snang An village chief Sok Heng proudly displays a photo of his new home, constructed in July 2021, as his phone’s background image. But Late Cheng Mining Development, a gold mining firm with ties to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s bodyguard unit, ...

Khuon Narim and Jack Brook
https://cambojanews.com/in-protected-prey-lang-forest-communities-pushed-out-but-mining-companies-welcomed-in/

Local authorities unaware of mangrove deforestation and sea construction in Koh Kong province

Local authorities in Koh Kong province claim that they are still unaware of the case of mangrove deforestation and construction of solid structures into the sea within its jurisdiction yet. ... ...

Khut Sokun
https://www.vodkhmer.news/2022/11/09/local-authorities-not-yet-aware-of-the-case-of-mangrove-deforestation/

Environmental activists march to the Ministry of Environment to demand an end forest patrols restrictions

A group of 30 environmental activists dressed in white marched to the Ministry of Environment to petition for an end to restrictions on civil liberties in forest protection activities in Cambodia. ... ...

Khan Leakhena
https://www.vodkhmer.news/2022/09/29/updated-youths-march-to-the-moe-to-demand-an-end-to-forest-patrol-restrictions/

Metta forest’s Buddhist statues destroyed in wind

The Metta forest community in Kampong Speu says three Buddha statues around the forest’s pagoda have been destroyed after wind blew down nearby trees, and residents are blaming loggers who they say are continuing to cut down the surrounding forest. ... ...

Meng Kroypunlok
https://vodenglish.news/metta-forests-buddhist-statues-destroyed-in-wind/

Illegal logging rife in RAC park

The Royal Academy of Cambodia (RAC) has found eight cases of deforestation and land encroachment in the Techo Sen Russey Treb Park in Preah Vihear province. ... ...

Tith Kongnov
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501146255/illegal-logging-rife-in-rac-park/

Preah Vihear’s indigenous patrollers red flag Preah Roka logging

Indigenous community patrollers found around 250 cases of suspected deforestation at Preah Vihear’s Prey Preah Roka forest during two patrols in July and August, and are urging authorities to allow more patrols into the forest. ... ...

Meng Kroypunlok
https://vodenglish.news/preah-vihears-indigenous-patrollers-red-flag-preah-roka-logging/

Environment ministry, activists spar over Preah Roka deforestation claims

The Kuy indigenous community in Brame village and commune and six environmental activists claim to have found 260 cases of deforestation in the Preah Roka Wildlife Sanctuary of Preah Vihear province from July 15 to 17. ... ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/environment-ministry-activists-spar-over-preah-roka-deforestation-claims

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/

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