Youths cycle 1,000km to promote environmental protection from Ratanakiri to Kep

Twenty-five youths set off on a 1,000-kilometer cycling campaign in conjunction with World Environment Day on June 5 to raise awareness on the protection of natural resources and prevention of deforestation. ...

Khuon Narim

Cultural tradition: Tree ordination in Prey Lang

Members of the Kuoy ethnic minority, part of the Prey Lang community network (PLCN) spanning Kratie, Stung Treng, Preah Vihear and Kampong Thom provinces, will perform a tree ordination ceremony next month. This annual event commemorates forests, accompanied by heartfelt prayers for their protection and ...

Chea Sokny

12 people and 10 of cubic meters of wood were arrested in provinces around Prey Lang

National Commission for the Prevention and Suppression of Natural Resources on the 27 April 2023 announced the results of the operation to crack down on natural resource offenses in Prey Lang area. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

In protected Prey Lang forest, communities pushed out but mining companies welcomed in

Kampong Thom’s Sandan district: Snang An village chief Sok Heng proudly displays a photo of his new home, constructed in July 2021, as his phone’s background image. But Late Cheng Mining Development, a gold mining firm with ties to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s bodyguard unit, ...

Khuon Narim and Jack Brook

Zero snares at trapeang plan underway

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) Greening Prey Lang project is spearheading an effort to safeguard more than 100 high-risk trapeangs, or waterholes, in the Preah Roka, Kulen Promtep and Chhaeb wildlife sanctuaries and in Phnom Tbaeng National Heritage Park. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn

Green Prey Lang honey producers clinch awards

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) Green Prey Lang project provided support to the Non-Timber Forest Products-Exchange Programme Cambodia to enable the NGO to provide certificates and financial awards to three community based-enterprises in Stung Treng, Kratie and Preah Vihear provinces. ...

Post Staff

Prey Lang forest activists concern over illegal logging amid C-19

Forest protection activists in Kampong Thom province have expressed concern over increased illegal logging in Prey Lang forest as authorities are preoccupied with the recent COVID-19 situation. ...

Tith Kongnov

Prey Lang documentary wins awards, draws ministry’s criticism

A documentary film titled Cambodia Burning produced by the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) won two awards – “Earth Photo 2020” and “Drone Photo 2020” – from the US-based Pulitzer Centre.​ The film, which has drawn criticism from a senior Ministry of Environment official, was ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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