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Preah Vihear court takes legal action against three illegal loggers

Preah Vihear provincial court is taking action against three suspects for illegal forest clearing in Prey Lang and Boeung Per Wildlife Sanctuaries and death threats following a complaint from a team of park rangers and the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) on Tuesday, according to ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/preah-vihear-court-takes-legal-action-against-three-illegal-loggers

Loggers detained in wildlife sanctuary

Rangers and officials from the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) detained 12 loggers and confiscated seven chainsaws and three cubic meters of timber in Kampong Thom province’s Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/loggers-detained-wildlife-sanctuary

Chainsaws, tents found at Prey Lang sanctuary

The Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) representative in Kampong Thom province, Sok Plok told The Post that his team had found and seized a number of chainsaws and tents left behind by loggers in the forest. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/chainsaws-tents-found-prey-lang-sanctuary

Mobile app tracks forest crimes

The Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) has recorded 2,926 cases of forestry crimes in four provinces since February 2015, a report it released on Thursday said. It was based on data collected with a novel smartphone app. ...

Phak Seangly
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mobile-app-tracks-forest-crimes

Activists claim logging rampant before polls

At least 66 resin trees in the Prey Preah Roka Wildlife Sanctuary in Preah Vihear province’s Tbeng Meanchey district, have been felled so far this month, according to environmental activists. They say deforestation continues to grow unabated, as authorities suspended or cut the number of ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/activists-claim-logging-rampant-polls

Forest crimes are up, as elections occupy cops

Activists in the northern provinces of Cambodia claimed on Tuesday that while police forces are busy providing security for the July 29 national elections, they are witnessing a worrying spike in forest crimes. Prey Lang Community Network activist Phok Hong told The Post that forest ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/forest-crimes-are-elections-occupy-cops

Forest patrol catches loggers

Ten men were caught engaged in illegal logging during a three-day patrol by the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) that began on Friday. This led a representative of the group to declare that illegal logging at the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary in Preah Vihear province ...

Phak Seangly
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/forest-patrol-catches-loggers

Prey Lang ceremony due next month

Nearly 400 members of the Prey Lang Community Network will hold the annual Prey Lang ceremony in late March to commemorate and preserve indigenous identities and promote the forest’s potential. Meanwhile, Prey Lang activists have claimed illegal logging still exists in the area, even though the ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50108639/prey-lang-ceremony-due-next-month/

Inside the criminal network ravaging Cambodia’s forests ― and the community fighting to save them

These illicit networks have had devastating ramifications in Cambodia, where rural poor and indigenous communities have relied on forested areas as a vital source of income for thousands of years. With one of the highest rates of tree cover loss in the world, the country saw nearly 2 million hectares, ...

Jesselyn Cook
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cambodia-forest-devastation_us_5a3d86b0e4b06d1621b45772

Forest clearing ‘rampant’ in Prey Lang

Illegal logging within the Prey Lang protected forest decreased significantly year-on-year over a six-month period ending in February, collected data show, though forest-clearing in the area remains rampant. ...

Phak Seangly and Leonie Kijewski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/forest-clearing-rampant-prey-lang

Tree planting plan to revive national forests

The Environment Ministry plans to plant 500,000 trees in protected areas across the country this year, to boost forest cover and improve the livelihoods of communities. ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/39992/tree-planting-plan-to-revive-national-forests/

Forest patrollers accuse authorities of collusion

Prey Lang Community Network conservation activists in Kratie province have accused local officials of colluding with illegal timber transporters after authorities allegedly declined to intervene after being tipped off on Sunday to stockpiles of logs thought to have been felled within a wildlife sanctuary.Ek Sovanna, ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/forest-patrollers-accuse-authorities-collusion

Opposition questions minister

After being questioned for more than two hours at the National Assembly yesterday, Environment Minister Say Samal claimed the number of forest crimes decreased in 2016, but acknowledged that some government officials were involved in some of the crimes. A recently released report from the University ...

Taing Vida
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/33928/opposition-questions-minister/

App boosting Prey Lang network’s data collection

The number of illegal logging sites discovered within Prey Lang forest between April and July was 14 percent higher than the previous four-month period, according to a report released yesterday by the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) based on data collected with a novel smartphone ...

Cristina Maza and Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/app-boosting-prey-lang-networks-data-collection

Ministry to recruit 300 more rangers

The Environment Ministry has started it’s process of recruiting 300 new forest rangers to work in select provinces next year in a bid to fill staff shortages and reduce deforestation.​ Ministry spokesperson Sao Sopheap said yesterday that the existing 960-strong ranger workforce was insufficient to guard ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/32907/ministry-to-recruit-300-more-rangers/

Prey lang activists ‘assaulted’ in Kratie

Three members of the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) were attacked in Kratie province on Thursday by men believed to be involved in illegal logging, PLCN activists said yesterday.​ ...

Touch Sokha and Cristina Maza
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/prey-lang-activists-assaulted-kratie

Environmental groups given chance to address PM Hun Sen at forum

With a mixture of hope and hard-earned scepticism, environmentalists from around the country will today get an opportunity most had never dreamed possible: an audience with the prime minister. About 500 civil society activists have been invited to Phnom Penh for the first National Forum ...

Cristina Maza and Kong Meta
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/environmental-groups-given-chance-address-pm-hun-sen-forum

Prey Lang still logged: community

Continued widespread logging in the Prey Lang forest is evidence that the government’s recent push to have more than 400,000 hectares of land protected is toothless, according to activists as well as a Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) report released yesterday. ...

Pav Suy
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/26693/prey-lang-still-logged--community/

Government expands sanctuary in Prey Lang, adds Preah Vihear

The government has reversed course on a controversial decision to downsize the proposed boundaries of a long-awaited protected area for the beleaguered Prey Lang Forest, the largest lowland evergreen forest left in Southeast Asia.   ...

Aun Pheap and Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/govt-expands-sanctuary-in-prey-lang-adds-preah-vihear-112723/

Cambodia declares protected area in hotly contested Prey Lang forest

A landmark decision by Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen could see almost a million hectares of forest reclassified as protected areas in a country with one of the highest deforestation rates in the world.​ But the order, circulated on Friday, to transfer control of the sites ...

Daniel Pye
https://news.mongabay.com/2016/05/cambodia-protected-areas/

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