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Gov’t, USAID criticized for inaction over severe forest loss at Prey Lang sanctuary

The University of Copenhagen’s open letter used data from the University of Maryland’s Global Forest Change dataset and other data points to show that 7,510 hectares of forestland were lost at the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary in 2019, the worst loss since 2016 when the ...

Sun Narin
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/govt-usaid-criticized-for-inaction-over-severe-forest-loss-at-prey-lang-sanctuary/5478565.html?

Forest watchdog warned against satellite imagery

Ministry of Environment officials have warned it will take legal action against Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) and several other organisations if they continue to collect deforestation data in the area. The ministry’s warning comes after PLCN suggested a new programme that would use satellite imagery ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/forest-watchdog-warned-against-satellite-imagery

‘Logging rampant despite pandemic’

Forest activists claimed they had observed more cases of deforestation in the Prey Lang area than before the Covid-19 outbreak. They alleged that three companies had sent workers to log and transport timber with no crackdown by the relevant authorities. ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/logging-rampant-despite-pandemic

Authorities block Prey Lang community ordination event

Authorities over the weekend blocked the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) from holding a tree ordination ceremony in the Prey Lang protected forest area across four provinces, citing its failure to obtain permission to hold the event.​ The PLCN had organised a two-day ceremony in the ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/authorities-block-prey-lang-community-ordination-event

Ministry slams deforestation report

The Ministry of Environment on Tuesday slammed a report by a local organisation which claimed the Prey Lang forest has lost 40,000ha in the last 18 years. Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra called the report by the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) “politically motivated” ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-slams-deforestation-report

Activists still accuse Think Biotech

Forest activists continue to claim that Korean-owned Think Biotech Cambodia Co Ltd is involved in illegal deforestation in the Prey Lang area, especially harvesting timber from resin trees, but the authorities say the company is operating legitimately. ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/activists-still-accuse-think-biotech

Activists bemoan the delay in S Treng timber crackdown

Forest activists have welcomed the recent crackdown on 151 sawmills in Stung Treng province but also slammed the relevant authorities for turning a blind eye to illegal timber processing facilities for a long time. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/activists-bemoan-delay-s-treng-timber-crackdown

Prey Lang group receives award

The Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) has received the prestigious 2019 Energy Globe Award, a group representative said on Monday. The awards are known as “Nature’s Nobel Prize”. Ek Sovanna, a PLCN representative in Kratie province, told The Post on Monday that PLCN had won ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/prey-lang-group-receives-award

Monitoring group blames rise in forest crimes on authorities turning blind eye

A prominent forest monitoring group on Monday urged the government to combat illegal logging and poaching in the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary, which it claimed had seen a drastic increase in forestry crimes during the first five months of this year. The Prey Lang Community ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/monitoring-group-blames-rise-forest-crimes-authorities-turning-blind-eye

PLCN plans patrol in May to crack down on forestry crime

The Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) is planning a joint patrol this month with activists from four provinces – Stung Treng, Kratie, Kampong Thom and Preah Vihear – to scout the protected area and crack down on forestry crimes. Kheng Kho, a PLCN representative in ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/plcn-plans-patrol-may-crack-down-forestry-crime

US aids Prey Lang area with protection fund

The United States has begun making payments towards its $37 million aid for the protection of the Prey Lang protected area.​ The Prey Lang protected area encompasses four different provinces, including Kampong Thom, Kratie, Stung Treng and Preah Vihear. ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50589794/us-aids-prey-lang-area-with-protection-fund/

PM: Prevent illegal exports of timber

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday urged relevant authorities to stamp out the export of timber abroad without authorisation and transparency. Speaking during an annual meeting of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on Thursday, Hun Sen called on officials to work together in ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-prevent-illegal-exports-timber

Police raid lumber mill being operated illegally in wildlife sanctuary

Police forces on Sunday raided a lumber mill that was being operated illegally within Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary in Kampong Speu province. At least 100 timber logs, three wood processing machines – including one shredder – and several lumber planks had been found and confiscated, ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/police-raid-lumber-mill-being-operated-illegally-wildlife-sanctuary

Activists come together for Prey Lang tree ceremony

The Ministry of Environment and 300 villagers from natural protection communities across four provinces gathered at Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary this weekend for a tree ceremony calling for the protection of natural resources, ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra told The Post on Sunday. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/activists-come-together-prey-lang-tree-ceremony

Forest crime ‘rife’ at Prey Lang

A Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) member in Thmea commune, in Preah Vihear province’s Chey Sen district, on Sunday claimed that authorities are unable to stamp out forest crime in the nature reserve, instances of which have been occurring for months. ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/forest-crime-rife-prey-lang

PM hits back at environmental activists over logging criticisms

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday responded to environmental activists who accused the government of inaction over deforestation in Cambodia, saying they themselves used luxury wood to build and decorate their own homes. Speaking at the opening ceremony of Phnom Penh’s third ring road, the ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-hits-back-environmental-activists-over-logging-criticisms

Forest activists issue damning report of logging at Prey Lang

Activist groups from four provinces jointly published a report showing that 41 per cent of new tree stumps at the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary that was recorded over the last two years were the result of illegal logging. The 7th Prey Lang Monitoring Report by ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/forest-activists-issue-damning-report-logging-prey-lang

‘Defamed’ Korean company denies Prey Lang illegal logging claims

The Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) has alleged that Korean-owned Think Biotech (Cambodia) Co Ltd is illegally harvesting timber from resin trees in the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary. But a company representative refuted the claim and accused the community of making up rumours to defame ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/defamed-korean-company-denies-prey-lang-illegal-logging-claims

Report outlines Prey Lang loggers

At least 73 people were detained this year and handed over to the environment authority by the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) for clearing forest in the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary, a huge nature reserve in northern Cambodia spanning four provinces.​ ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/report-outlines-prey-lang-loggers

Preah Vihear parks see clearing

Forest rangers and the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) said on Tuesday that forest in the Phnom Tnort-Phnom Pok and Prey Lang wildlife sanctuaries in Preah Vihear province are being cleared by groups of perpetrators from Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Siem Reap and Battambang provinces. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/preah-vihear-parks-see-clearing

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