Provincial authorities stop degraded forest clearance

The Kampong Chhnang provincial authority and forestry officials on Thursday stopped a group of people from clearing degraded forest where the government plans to replant trees and turn into a protected area in Samaki Meanchey district’s Kraing Lvea commune. Four tractors were seized as evidence ...

Khorn Savi

Environmental law changes get go-ahead

The ministries of Interior, Environment, and Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on Monday agreed on the amendment to the laws concerning forestry, fisheries and natural resource protection. They are set to send the draft to the Council of Ministers for revision before it can be passed ...

Mech Dara

Forest law amendment to be done before 2023

Interior Minister Sar Kheng is pushing for an amendment of the forestry law to be done before the end of the current mandate. Earlier this week, Mr Kheng said that illegal logging in Mondulkiri province is rampant and that an amendment was needed to delegate ...

Khy Sovuthy

Sar Kheng slams forest crime

Minister of Interior Sar Kheng cited satellite footage of recent forest crimes as he criticised inept provincial officials for illegal logging and the flouting of the Kingdom’s forestry law. “You are not born with the forest. We have an obligation to protect the natural resources ...

Mech Dara

High Court orders release of 8 VN logging suspects

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the Mondulkiri provincial authority to release on bail eight Vietnamese nationals who have been imprisoned for more than six months over an illegal timber trade. At an hour-long trial in absentia, the Supreme Court ordered the eight Vietnamese to ...

Kim Sarom

Authorities in Ratanakkiri find stash of 160 pieces of timber

Authorities in Ratanakkiri province’s O’Chum district on Saturday commandeered 160 pieces of first-grade timber they stumbled upon. They believe the timber was a collected stash that illegal loggers had hidden in the forest as they waited for rain to cease before transporting it out, said ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Senate approves forestry law

The Senate yesterday approved a draft law to adopt the Asian Forest Cooperation Organisation’s policies to help regulate existing measures to prevent forest crimes. The approval of the draft law followed a May 31 National Assembly session where all 112 lawmakers approved the draft law. ...

Pech Sotheary

Three caught hauling 18 tonnes of timber

Three men were sent to court yesterday for allegedly hauling more than 18 tonnes of illegally logged first-grade timber in Kampong Thom province. ... ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

Timber trafficking grandma charged in Phnom Penh

Well-known timber trafficker Heng Samneang was charged on Sunday with illegal logging and interfering with the work of public officials, according to a Phnom Penh Municipal Court officer, days after she allegedly tried to retrieve some of her ill-gotten timber with the help of a ...

Aun Pheap

Commune Chief Charged With Smuggling Wood

The Ratanakkiri Provincial Court on Thursday charged an opposition CNRP commune chief with smuggling protected forest products after he was arrested while transporting logs to sell in Vietnam, officials said. Sev Nhang, who was elected chief of Batang commune in O’Ya­daw district for the Sam Rainsy ...

Kuch Naren

Try Pheap given OK to harvest yellow vine

Logging baron Try Pheap’s MDS Import Export Co, Ltd has been granted a licence to collect and process the controversial plant known as yellow vine around the Stung Atay hydropower dam in the Cardamom Mountains, according to documents received by the Post yesterday. The vine has ...

Firm Compensates Jarai After Ruining Graves

A Vietnamese rubber company in Ratanakkiri province's O'Yadaw district yesterday agreed to pay $4,000 in compensation to an ethnic Jarai community whose traditional graveyard was bulldozed by the firm last week, local officials said. During a meeting at the Paknhai commune police station, representatives of the ...

Adhoc Requests Cancellation of 2 Vietnamese Land Concessions

Rights group Adhoc has requested that the government cancel economic land concessions held by two Vietnamese companies in Ratanakkiri province's O'Yadaw district, on the grounds that the firms are logging and exporting wood illegally. "Adhoc calls on the Royal Government of Cambodia to immediately cancel the ...

Illegal Luxury Wood Seized From National Police Truck

Forestry officials in Siem Reap province seized 14 cubic meters if illegally logged luxury wood being transported by a truck bearing National Police license plates, Forestry Administration officials said yesterday. ... ...

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