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Gov’t denies CCIM land concessions report

A government official has denied information recently released by the Cambodian Centre for Independent Media (CCIM) about the impact of investment in land concessions in several provinces.​He considered the information to be dated and the problem already solved, but welcomed the investigation of complaints, if ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-denies-ccim-land-concessions-report

No wood, but permit in protected area extended

The Agriculture Ministry renewed the license for timber extraction on a land concession in a protected area in September, despite previously concluding that the land within the concession had been completely cleared, according to a conservation group and documents obtained by reporters this month. ...

Aisha Down
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/no-wood-but-permit-in-protected-area-extended-123916/

Ministry to meet sugar companies over land dispute

The Land Ministry will meet with the three companies at the center of the decade-long land dispute in Koh Kong province this week in an attempt to finally resolve the villagers’ grievances. ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/34488/ministry-to-meet-sugar-companies-over-land-dispute/

Wildlife sanctuaries issued first zoning plans

Almost nine years after Cambodia mandated the zoning of all protected areas to shield its most precious parts from development, the government finally zoned its first two sanctuaries last week, though some locals and conservationists doubt the effort will make much of a difference to ...

Aun Pheap and Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/wildlife-sanctuaries-issued-first-zoning-plans-123189/

Minister claims land disputes over: ‘we have solved them all’

Environment Minister Say Sam Al on Wednesday repeated his claims that forest crimes and land disputes sparked by sprawling commercial farms run by wealthy businessmen and foreign corporations had decreased or were mostly over, claims that rights groups dispute.​ ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/minister-claims-land-disputes-over-we-have-solved-them-all-122977/

Chhin chides ministry on ELCs

Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin, the Kingdom’s top authority in charge of resolving land disputes, slammed the Ministry of Agriculture over “shameful” irregularities in granting economic land concessions at the Environment Ministry’s annual meeting yesterday.During yesterday’s meeting, Chhin accused the Ministry of Agriculture of granting ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/chhin-chides-ministry-elcs

Land disputes hurting women

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) demanded the government intervene immediately after finding that 98.2 percent of women involved in land disputes with private companies were suffering from serious psychological after-effects and nearly half of the women participating in the survey said they had ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/30261/land-disputes-hurting-women/

How politics is killing Cambodia's forests

Cambodian forests, some of the most biologically diverse areas in the world, are vanishing fast as a result of the Vietnamese, Chinese and Cambodian political interests. Cambodia has one of the largest deforestation rates in the world. Forest Trends, an influential organization with a mission to conserve ...

Abu SMG Kibria
http://thediplomat.com/2016/09/how-politics-is-killing-cambodias-forests/

The deforestation continues

The high-pitched whine of chainsaws drowned out the sound of birds and bugs you usually hear during any trek through Prey Lang forest. What was once an area full of animals scurrying under the shade of gargantuan trees is now largely populated by stumps and ash. The ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/28863/the-deforestation-continues/

ELCs don’t reduce poverty: paper

Economic land concessions (ELCs) are supposed to be transforming Cambodian agriculture into a heavyweight industry and raising the living standards of millions of rural Cambodians, according to government policy documents. ...

Jack Davies
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/elcs-dont-reduce-poverty-paper

Ministry announces ELC tax revenue

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said by the end of the first half of this year, it had collected about $600,000 in taxes from economic land concessions (ELCs) from 21 of the 223 private companies that received ELCs from the government, according to ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/27701/ministry-announces-elc-tax-revenue/

Report that new ELCs were granted to logging barons ‘false’

In an open letter to the Ministry of Environment, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) asked yesterday for confirmation of a January 19 report in the Cambodia Daily that said new economic land concessions (ELCs) had been given to two tycoons despite a ban ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/20653/report-that-new-elcs-were-granted-to-logging-barons----false---/

VN army concessions are ‘unconstitutional’

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy has levelled further criticism at the Vietnamese army’s alleged control of 40,000 hectares of economic land concessions (ELCs) in Ratanakkiri province, claiming that the grants are in violation of the Cambodian constitution. ...

Meas Sokchea
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/vn-army-concessions-are-unconstitutional

Land disputes centre stage at capital forum

A broad spectrum of villager representatives, civil society organisations and government officials – large land-concession holders among them – met in the capital for the ninth year in a row yesterday to discuss the Kingdom’s seemingly intractable issue of land disputes. ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/land-disputes-centre-stage-capital-forum

Agriculture ministry to end ELC assessment in October

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) will finalize its assessment over the companies which have been granted economic land concessions (ELCs), in October, as the ministry has announced to reduce the period of ELC investment to 50 years from 70-99 years, said a ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff
http://thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/agriculture-ministry-to-end-elc-assessment-in-october-9002

Agriculture ministry to end ELC assessment in October

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) will finalize its assessment over the companies which have been granted economic land concessions (ELCs), in October, as the ministry has announced to reduce the period of ELC investment to 50 years from 70-99 years, said a ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff
http://thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/agriculture-ministry-to-end-elc-assessment-in-october-9002

Agriculture ministry to end ELC assessment in October

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) will finalize its assessment over the companies which have been granted economic land concessions (ELCs), in October, as the ministry has announced to reduce the period of ELC investment to 50 years from 70-99 years, said a ...

Chea Vannak
http://www.akp.gov.kh/?p=69494

Prime Minister again warns to confiscate ELCs from private company

Prime Minister Hun Sen once again warned that the royal government will confiscate economic land concession (ELCs) from any private companies that do not implement in accordance to contracts signed with government. ...

The Cambodia Herald​ News Staff
http://thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/prime-minister-again-warns-to-confiscate-elcs-from-private-company-8952

Land concessions responsible for large-scale deforestation in Cambodia

Land concessions for large-scale agricultural plantations are stripping off Cambodia’s forest cover, according to a new report by Forest Trends, a U.S.-based environmental protection group.​ ...

Morgan Erickson-Davis
http://news.mongabay.com/2015/08/land-concessions-responsible-for-large-scale-deforestation-in-cambodia/

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