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USAID, gov’t to release report on Prey Lang

The Ministry of Environment and the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Greening Prey Lang Project are planning to release a report on the Prey Lang Extended Landscape. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/usaid-govt-release-report-prey-lang

Sar Kheng orders Prey Lang forest protection

Interior Minister Sar Kheng urged authorities on Thursday to protect Prey Lang forest, saying it is the largest remaining woodland in mainland Southeast Asia, and that amendments to laws that protect natural resources would soon be finalised. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sar-kheng-orders-prey-lang-forest-protection

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/

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

Forest activists decry illegal logging

Prey Lang forest activists in Kampong Thom province on Wednesday claimed that illegal logging is continuing unabated, no thanks to local authorities and powerful individuals whom they allege are aiding the perpetrators. While acknowledging that forest clearing still exists in the area, forestry officials claimed the ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/forest-activists-decry-illegal-logging

‘Positive impact’: Prey Lang forest app wins award

Danish researcher Ida Theilade has been bestowed the University of Copenhagen’s Innovation Award 2018 for inventing a smartphone app that can prevent illegal logging and preserve forest resources in the Prey Lang forest. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/positive-impact-prey-lang-forest-app-wins-award

Kratie officials seize bulldozer involved in clearing state forest

Kratie’s Prek Prasap district authorities on Friday confiscated a bulldozer in connection with the clearing of 10 hectares of forestland near the protected Prey Lang forest, officials said on Sunday. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kratie-officials-seize-bulldozer-involved-clearing-state-forest

Calls to halt ‘reforestation’ plan

Fourteen community representatives speaking for thousands of families yesterday petitioned the South Korean Embassy, Environment Ministry and Forestry Administration to halt the expansion of a controversial “reforestation” project by a Korean company situated between the protected Prey Lang forest and Mekong River. Their petition – ...

Phak Seangly and Shaun Turton
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/calls-halt-reforestation-plan

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

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/

Gov’t: China, Vietnam helping in timber fight

Environment Minister Say Samal, known for his outlandish and at times false claims about illegal logging and deforestation in the Kingdom, said yesterday that his ministry was collaborating with officials in Vietnam and China – two of the largest buyers of precious Cambodian wood – ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/30518/gov---t--china--vietnam-helping-in-timber-fight/

Activists tell US to step up forest protection efforts

Conservationist Marcus Hardtke yesterday blasted USAID and Winrock for “four years of mismanagement” as the Forest Monitoring Working Group put out a call for “urgent action” from the American bodies. “They’re not addressing the core problem,” Hardtke said, adding that the two groups were ignoring the ...

Andrew Nachemson and Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/activists-tell-us-step-forest-protection-efforts

US urged to save trees

A group of environmental NGOs working to protect the Prey Lang forest called on the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to intervene and protect the region’s resin trees, or they will all be logged within six months, they claimed in a joint-statement issued yesterday. The ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/29843/us-urged-to-save-trees/

General implicated in Prey Lang logging

Newly declared protected areas in Prey Lang forest are being illegally logged by companies belonging to a three-star general and his sister, according to Goldman Environmental Prize-winning conservationist Ouch Leng and NGOs with which he is working. Leng, along with 15 NGO officers, patrollers and ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/general-implicated-prey-lang-logging

Ethnic minority forest being gutted: activists

Half of a Kuoy ethnic community forest in Stung Treng province – for which villagers are seeking official recognition – has been logged in the past three years for private commercial gain, according to recently returned environmental activist twins Chum Hout and Chum Hour. Seven ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ethnic-minority-forest-being-gutted-activists

PM tries again on deforestation

In recent months Prime Minister Hun Sen has made an effort to show that the government has a handle on the voracious deforestation that has ravaged the country’s forests over the years. Yet his speeches and decrees have done little to slow down, much less stop, ...

Ven Rathavong
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/28927/pm-tries-again-on-deforestation/

The deforestation continues

The high-pitched whine of chainsaws drowned out the sound of birds and bugs you usually hear during any trek through Prey Lang forest. What was once an area full of animals scurrying under the shade of gargantuan trees is now largely populated by stumps and ash. The ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/28863/the-deforestation-continues/

USAID to consult public before next round of Prey Lang funding

The next round of USAID funding for protection of the Prey Lang forest will be preceded by a consultation process that environmentalists and experts studying the area are calling crucial. ...

Cristina Maza and Bun Sengkong
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/usaid-consult-public-next-round-prey-lang-funding

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/

Police block Preah Vihear land dispute forum

More than 200 people representing three Preah Vihear province communities were set to discuss land disputes yesterday when police broke up their public forum, according to Tork Hong, a representative of a local community from nearby Prey Lang forest.   ...

Kong Meta
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/police-block-preah-vihear-land-dispute-forum

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