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Sam Al issues work plan to tackle Preah Sihanouk problems

Minister of Environment Say Sam Al laid out a work plan on Friday to address the issues of security, social order, construction management and the environment in Preah Sihanouk province. Sam Al said Preah Sihanouk, “an important economic pole in Cambodia”, is currently facing “complicated ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sam-al-issues-work-plan-tackle-preah-sihanouk-problems

Government denies Phnom Penh has air pollution problem

Contradicting measurements showing pollutant levels exceeding international guidelines, the Environment Ministry on Friday issued a statement claiming “there is no serious air pollution yet” in Phnom Penh. ...

Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/government-denies-phnom-penh-has-air-pollution-problem

Villagers petition to evict family protecting Phnom Tnout forest

A group of villagers from a community forest inside Preah Vihear province’s Phnom Tnout Wildlife Sanctuary are collecting thumbprints to evict a family that has been protecting the forest from illegal logging and preventing poaching of endangered species. ...

Phak Seangly
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/villagers-petition-evict-family-protecting-phnom-tnout-forest

Bokor church transferred for update

On Christmas Eve, the Cambodian government transferred control of the abandoned church on Bokor Mountain to a Catholic community, with plans to renovate the dilapidated house of worship. ...

Kong Meta
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/bokor-church-transferred-update

Garment factory fined after pollution claims

The Ministry of Environment has fined a Chinese garment factory in Takeo province $7,500 after villagers complained the factory was polluting nearby streams with untreated waste. ...

Daphne Chen
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/garment-factory-fined-after-pollution-claims

New REDD+ framework announced

The Ministry of Environment signed a framework agreement yesterday with Conservation International and the Mitsui Banking Corporation to launch the planning phase of a new REDD+ project for the Prey Lang forest, officials confirmed.   ...

Cristina Maza
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/new-redd-framework-announced

Interactive: Few arrests in timber smuggling crackdown

Suspected timber smugglers have gotten off the hook in the vast majority of busts that have followed Prime Minister Hun Sen’s January call for a crackdown on the illegal timber trade, a Post analysis has revealed. In the wake of the prime minister’s creation of ...

Daniel Nass
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/interactive-few-arrests-timber-smuggling-crackdown

Plastic bag reduction campaign underway

Eight markets in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and Preah Sihanouk provinces have started trialing a campaign to reduce the number of plastic bags given to customers. Thol Buntha, a media relations officer for Italian-based NGO Fondazione ACRA, told Khmer Times that the markets, which include ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/30917/plastic-bag-reduction-campaign-underway/

Bavet SEZ unequipped to treat its wastewater: ministry

The Ministry of Environment said yesterday that a recently constructed water-treatment facility at the Manhattan Special Economic Zone in Svay Rieng is unable to deal with most of the polluted water generated by factories at the site, and that 70 per cent was being dumped ...

Kong Meta
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/bavet-sez-unequipped-treat-its-wastewater-ministry

Cambodia's water woes get US Army tech assist

The US Army Corp of Engineers is providing Cambodia with new tools to understand its growing groundwater shortage. Last week, the Ministry of Environment, US Army Corp of Engineers and National Council for Sustainable Development hosted a three-day technical exchange on groundwater modelling. ...

Cristina Maza
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodias-water-woes-get-us-army-tech-assist

Disney carbon deal sets stage for more partnerships

Cambodia’s first large-scale private-sector sale of carbon credits was finalised yesterday, with conservationists predicting that it could pave the way for more public-private partnerships, making millions of dollars of funding available for local carbon-based initiatives. US entertainment giant Walt Disney Company has officially purchased $2.6 ...

Kali Kotoski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/disney-carbon-deal-sets-stage-more-partnerships

CNRP blamed for land woes

A senior environment official yesterday alleged that the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party and human rights groups should shoulder much of the blame for the destruction of the country’s protected areas. ...

Lay Samean
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cnrp-blamed-land-woes

New campaign will fight plastic bag blight

UNESCO and the ministries of Tourism and Environment this weekend will launch a campaign aimed at ridding the capital of the plastic waste currently choking its waterways and piling up in its landfills.The campaign, starting on Friday, will seek to educate Cambodians about how to ...

Sen David and Igor Kossov
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/new-campaign-will-fight-plastic-bag-blight

Ministry puts brakes on Pailin dump plans

The Ministry of Environment has called on local authorities in Pailin province to find a new location for a 34-hectare dumpsite currently planned for a protected forest.Environment Minister Say Sam Al, who led a team to inspect the site on October 3, wrote to Pailin ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-puts-brakes-pailin-dump-plans

Delegates ‘concerned’ about climate treaty

Cambodia’s government and civil society yesterday expressed worry over the lack of progress on finalising the draft text for an international climate change treaty set to be adopted at UN climate talks in Paris (COP 21) after the final round of negotiations concluded in Bonn, ...

Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/delegates-concerned-about-climate-treaty

Dumpsite at Samlot still awaits green light

Doubts have been cast on long-standing plans for a 34-hectare dumpsite in Pailin’s Samlot Protected Forest following an inspection by the environment minister on Saturday. Ministry spokesman Sao Sopheap yesterday said that following the inspection, the minister has called for further research before the project ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/dumpsite-samlot-still-awaits-green-light

Rights group asks for land data sharing

Rights group Licadho has called on the government to make available statistics on the full extent of economic land concessions (ELCs) in response to data collected by the organisation over five years. ...

May Titthara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/rights-group-asks-land-data-sharing

Climate change ‘leadership needed’

Senior officials from the Environment Ministry have called on the developed world to provide more assistance in the battle against climate change, which they said Cambodia is working hard to address. ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/climate-change-leadership-needed

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