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Rangers crack down on over 900 natural resource crimes in Prey Lang

The Ministry of Environment announced yesterday that rangers have cracked down on natural resource crimes in Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary with 954 cases during the first nine months of this year.   ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50774240/rangers-crack-down-on-over-900-natural-resource-crimes-in-prey-lang/

Uncle Elephant short film makes way to festival in New York City

Uncle Elephant, a short film that depicts Cambodia’s efforts to conserve Asian elephants and the rich resources in the Prey Lang area, will be showcased at the World Wildlife Film Festival on March 3 in New York, US. Wild Earth Allies (Cambodia) country director Tuy Serey ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/uncle-elephant-short-film-makes-way-festival-new-york-city

Rangers release four illegal loggers after father’s appeal

Four suspected illegal loggers in the Prey Lang area who are alleged to have tried to strangle Preah Vihear provincial rangers were subsequently released after an elderly father appealed to them on Sunday. Prasat Phnom Kriel Community Natural Protected Area chief Phok Hong told The ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/rangers-release-four-illegal-loggers-after-fathers-appeal

Millions donated for Prey Lang conservation

The United States Agency for International Development has awarded $21 million to Tetra Tech for the next five years to improve nature conservation and strengthen sustainable development in the Prey Lang region, Tetra Tech said on Tuesday. ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50535264/millions-donated-for-prey-lang-conservation/

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

NGOs express concerns over new Prey Lang rules

Environmental NGOs expressed concerns this week about a requirement from the Ministry of Environment to get advanced permission to patrol the Prey Lang protected forest, saying doing so could lead to illegal loggers getting tipped off, given the history of collusion with officials in the ...

Yesenia Amaro and Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngos-express-concerns-over-new-prey-lang-rules

Development actors bet on political power shift to save Cambodia's forgotten forest

Recently, Cambodia’s prime minister signed a series of decrees placing the responsibility of Prey Lang protection with the Ministry of Environment and provincial governments. It’s a promising change, development professionals and conservation activists tell Devex, as a combination of stronger national and local government cooperation ...

Kelli Rogers
https://www.devex.com/news/development-actors-bet-on-political-power-shift-to-save-cambodia-s-forgotten-forest-89395

How Buddhist monks are battling deforestation in Cambodia

Cambodia has one of the world’s highest deforestation rates. But a group of Buddhist monks are stepping up efforts to save forests by publicly revealing wrongdoings and mobilizing local villagers. Ate Hoekstra reports. ...

Ate Hoekstra
http://www.dw.com/en/how-buddhist-monks-are-battling-deforestation-in-cambodia/a-19386396

PM signs off on protected forests

Prime Minister Hun Sen has signed a sub-decree to mark 18 protected areas over nearly three million hectares of land across Prey Lang forest, according to a Ministry of Environment statement released yesterday. ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/24817/pm-signs-off-on-protected-forests/

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/

Officials survey Prey Lang from sky

Making a dramatic arrival by helicopter at the Sofitel Hotel in Phnom Penh after a flyover of Prey Lang forest, Environment Minister Say Sam Al and US Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt discussed a plan to make the Kingdom’s largest forest a protected area. ...

Pech Sotheary and Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/officials-survey-prey-lang-sky

Uni students urge protection for prey lang forest

A recent forum highlighted a growing concern of Cambodian youth about Cambodia’s largest lowland evergreen forest, Prey Lang, and the impacts of deforestation caused by illegal logging. ...

Muny Sithyna
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/20942/uni-students-urge-protection-for-prey-lang-forest/

Forest patrols duel in Prey Lang

As activists from Prey Lang forest received the prestigious Equator Prize in Paris on Monday, another, parallel network was asserting itself in Kampong Thom province – one with close ties to the security forces and local governor.The Prey Lang Forest Community Network (PLFCN), funded by ...

Daniel Pye and Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/forest-patrols-duel-prey-lang

Prey Lang patrol yields illegal loggers' chainsaws

During its latest round of patrols this week, the Prey Lang Community Network confiscated 12 chainsaws from alleged illegal loggers in Preah Vihear, which it plans to hand over to the local Forestry Administration. ...

Vong Sokheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/prey-lang-patrol-yields-illegal-loggers-chainsaws

Cambodian activists, monks urge lawmakers to save endangered forest

Around 100 activists, including Buddhist monks, gathered in front of Cambodia’s parliament Monday to demand that lawmakers and the country’s Forestry Administration take action against illegal logging in endangered Prey Lang forest. ...

Prach Chev
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/forest-07062015163702.html

Monks holding forest demo

Despite a minor car crash on the way to Preah Vihear yesterday, more than 100 environmental activist monks will today march into Prey Lang forest to ordain trees and promote environmental awareness. ...

Ethan Harfenist
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/monks-holding-forest-demo

Activists seize timber

Activists in Prey Lang forest yesterday seized chainsaws and illegally felled timber from a group of loggers as they continued to “ordain” the woodland’s largest trees in an effort to stop further offences. ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/activists-seize-timber

Prey Lang activists say logger ‘connected’

Members of a conservation group in Kampong Thom province stopped a van carrying illegal timber on Sunday night only to be threatened by a man claiming to be the nephew of a powerful National Assembly parliamentarian. The van was driving with no licence plate and was ...

Taing Vida
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/prey-lang-activists-say-logger-%E2%80%98connected%E2%80%99

Activist ‘threatened with knife’

A forest activist in Kampong Thom province yesterday claimed to have been threatened with a knife by a soldier after reporting that the officer was behind a number of forest crimes in the area. Pen Bunkear, a soldier with the Kampong Thom military research unit, yesterday ...

May Titthara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/activist-%E2%80%98threatened-knife%E2%80%99

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