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Environment ministry warns public to beware of fraudulent brokers selling protected land

The Ministry of Environment has warned the public about scammers who were deceiving people by claiming they legally owned land in protected areas and providing them with fake ownership deeds in bogus land sales when it isn’t possible for anyone to privately own protected land. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/environment-ministry-warns-public-beware-fraudulent-brokers-selling-protected-land

People in Teuk Chhou district, Kampot province vow to protect Phnom Toteung community forest for the fear of lost forest

This is what the people of Kampong Chen village, Steung Keo commune, Teuk Chhou district, Kampot province said, Phnom Toteung Community Forest is not only a sanctuary for the people who live in the vicinity of this community forest, they can also enjoy non-timber forest ...

Soth Ban
https://www.vodkhmer.news/2022/11/17/people-in-teuk-chhou-district-vow-to-protect-phnom-toteung-community-forest/

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/

Mondulkiri officials probe Bunong logging allegations

Mondulkiri provincial environment officials are working to identify loggers who a Bunong indigenous community accused of clearing nearly 100ha of community forest in Koh Nhek district’s Rayum commune. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mondulkiri-officials-probe-bunong-logging-allegations

Mondulkiri indigenous request authorities to stop encroachment of forest land at Phnom Prech wildlife sanctuary

Representatives of indigenous communities in Mondulkiri province request the Ministry of Environment and relevant institutions to investigate and prevent illegal forest land expansion at “Phnom Prech Wildlife Sanctuary” from an unidentified group and punish them according to the law. ...

Nat Sopheap
https://www.vodkhmer.news/2022/09/15/mondulkiri-indigenous-request-authorities-to-stop-encroachment-on-forest-land-at-phnom-prech-wildlife-sanctuary/

Power line markers reveal looming path of destruction in Prey Lang

In early March, Auon Seap noticed a group of unknown men approach his farm on a koyun, an elongated tractor mostly used for farming or logging. Strangers are not so common in his village on the northeastern edge of the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary. ...

Keat Soriththeavy and Danielle Keeton-Olsen
https://vodenglish.news/power-line-markers-reveal-looming-path-of-destruction-in-prey-lang/

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/

Task Force is investigating a military police officer in the case of logging around Prey Lang

A senior military official claims that they are investigating the Deputy Director of the Office of Military Police Defamation who cut down the trees and buy timbers in Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary. ...

Khan Leakhena
https://www.vodkhmer.news/2022/09/02/task-force-is-investigating-a-military-police-officer-in-the-case-of-logging-around-prey-lang/

Illegal logging in Mondulkiri soars after border reopens

Illegal logging is on the rise in Sre Pok Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province, with timber traders rushing to move the luxury wood along smuggling routes into Vietnam, right under the noses of local authorities. ...

Nang Veasna
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501103824/illegal-logging-in-mondulkiri-soars-after-border-reopens/

Oral community to block entrance to forestland to protect from military clearance

Villagers in the Oral district of Kampong Speu province are digging in to protect what they claim as their community forest land, despite increasing pressure from the military to leave the site.​​ ...

Sorn Sarath
https://cambojanews.com/oral-community-to-block-entrance-to-forestland-to-protect-from-military-clearance/

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/

Siem Reap orders tough, immediate crackdown on illegal timber sites

Siem Reap provincial deputy governor Ngan Phirun has instructed authorities to immediately put a stop to all activities at more than 140 illegal logging sites in or near protected areas and biodiversity corridors in the province to prevent further deforestation. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/siem-reap-orders-tough-immediate-crackdown-illegal-timber-sites

Forest Chief takes actions against illegal loggers and encroachers

Legal measures will be taken against those who illegally logged and encroached on the community forest in one of Stung Treng’s districts stated the forest chief. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50992510/forest-chief-takes-actions-against-illegal-loggers-and-encroachers/

Bokor National Park squatters told to clear out by December 15

The Kampot provincial Department of Environment warned people who have encroached upon land in Preah Monivong Bokor National Park and claimed it as their own to voluntarily remove their boundary posts or huts by December 15 or face legal action. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/bokor-national-park-squatters-told-clear-out-december-15

Gov’t rejects logging claims

The Ministry of Environment has rejected reports by Amnesty International and the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) that large-scale illegal logging has increased in Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary since PLCN was banned from patrolling the area. ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-rejects-logging-claims

Prey Lang forest activists concern over illegal logging amid C-19

Forest protection activists in Kampong Thom province have expressed concern over increased illegal logging in Prey Lang forest as authorities are preoccupied with the recent COVID-19 situation. ...

Tith Kongnov
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50789283/prey-lang-forest-activists-concern-over-illegal-logging-amid-c-19/

Suspects wanted for logging thousands of trees in Mondulkiri

Mondulkiri provincial authorities are working to identify suspects who cut down tens of thousands of trees and buried them in a 60ha patch of forestland in order to take over the land. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/suspects-wanted-logging-thousands-trees-mondulkiri

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