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Tourism potential in Kampong Thom

A team of officials at the Kampong Thom provincial Forestry Administration have begun studying the ecotourism potential at the Prey Kbal Bei Community Forest in Ti Pou commune’s Kbal Bei village in Santuk district. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/tourism-potential-kampong-thom

Tourism working group created

The government has set up an inter-ministerial working group for the management and development of tourism and ecotourism. ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5089314/tourism-working-group-created/

Industry experts say ecotourism has potential to expand

As tourists’ itineraries veer toward nature resorts and jungle trekking, companies and conservationists are considering how they can define, develop and expand ecotourism and coastal tourism in Cambodia. ...

Hang Sokunthea
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/industry-experts-say-ecotourism-has-potential-to-expand-132411/

Facing Chinese Dam, Monks Fight for Temple

Monks residing in Koh Kong’s remote Areng Valley have begun raising funds online to renovate their local temple, despite plans in store for a large Chinese backed hydropower dam that would leave the site completely inundated. The 108-MW hydropower dam, to be built by ...

Kuch Naren and Kene-Hern Chen
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/facing-chinese-dam-monks-fight-for-temple-31987/

Dolphin drawcard

In an effort to boost tourist numbers, the Ministry of Tourism will host an eco-tourism seminar in the northeastern provinces to showcase its main attraction, the Irrawaddy dolphins of the Mekong River. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism, said last week that officials attempted to hold the eco-tourism seminar ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012092458861/Business/dolphin-drawcard.html

Cambodia Proposes New Initiatives For Green Tourism

In line with Royal Government policy determining tourism as the Green Gold, 2011 is the year that we commenced mainstreaming the green tourism concept to all stakeholders. Cambodia started some new initiative to inspire green tourism in the country. “The Clean and Green Concept is basically ...

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/

Some provinces see tourism up 50% for New Year

About 1.8 million Cambodians traveled to the coastal and northeastern provinces to celebrate Khmer New Year, a 50 percent increase compared with last year, Tourism Minister Thong Khon said yesterday. Mr Khon said Cambodians are starting to seek out other vacation spots besides the coastal provinces ...

23,000 Hectares of Land Concessions Approved

The government last month granted four companies a total 23,000 hectares of land concessions for agro-industry projects and a special economic zone (SEZ), according to human rights groups, which said it obtained the information from government documents. An additional 500 hectares inside a wildlife sanctuary were ...

Koh Kong intervention sought

The provincial office of rights group Licadho has called on Koh Kong provincial politicians to help more than 1,000 families being forcibly evicted to make way for a sprawling gambling resort and other development, representative said yesterday. More than 130 families, from three villages in Kiri ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030954950/National-news/koh-kong-intervention-sought.html

A refuge for river dolphins

The government yesterday moved to protect endangered Irrawaddy dolphins in the Mekong River, announcing plans for a 180-kilometre-long conservation area that would stretch from the Lao border through Stung Treng province to Kratie town. Touch Seang Tana, chairman of the Commission for Conservation and Development of ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030154794/National-news/a-refuge-for-river-dolphins.html

Cambodia hosts 3rd World Eco-Tourism Forum

Cambodia hosted the 3rd World Ecotourism Conference on October 3rd at the famous costal province—Preah Sihanouk—in an aim at developing the Asia Pacific region as a leading ecotourism destination. To celebrate the acceptance of the Cambodia costal zone (Preah Sihanouk Ville, Koh Kong, Kep and Kampot) ...

http://thesoutheastasiaweekly.com/

Advocates voice concerns ahead of ecotourism conference

As the Tourism Ministry prepares to host the World Ecotourism Conference in Sihanoukville on Monday, ecotourism operators in three provinces said they were worried that the government’s development practices would undermine the very concept the conference is promoting. According to Tith Chanda, director general of the ...

Sand for Singapore's Growth Comes at Environmental Cost to Poorer Neighbors

KOH KONG, Cambodia (AP) — Round a bend in Cambodia’s Tatai River and the virtual silence of a tropical idyll turns suddenly into an industrial nightmare. Lush jungle hills give way to a flotilla of dredgers operating 24 hours a day, scooping up sand and piling ...

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CAMBODIA_SELLING_SAND?SITE=CALAK&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Tycoon’s dredging tests locals’ patience

Ruling party senator Ly Yong Phat has defied an order endorsed by the Prime Minster to halt his controversial sand dredging activities on the Tatai river in Koh Kong, prompting authorities to request intervention, documents obtained by The Post reveal. The dredging operation on the ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011081050979/National-news/tycoons-dredging-tests-locals-patience.html

Koh Kong king halted

Ly Yong Phat and his company LYP Group have been ordered to cease all dredging operations on the Tatai river pending a review of the effects by the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology. LYP Group currently has a permit to dredge seven areas of ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011072250582/National-news/koh-kong-king-halted.html

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