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Unsustainable sand mining is threatening lives along the Mekong River in Cambodia

Now new research, as part of a project led by University of Southampton, has shown sand mining is causing river beds to lower, leading to riverbank instability and increasing the likelihood of dangerous river bank collapse, damaging infrastructure and housing and putting lives at risk. The ...

University of Southampton
https://www.southampton.ac.uk/news/2020/01/mekong-river-sand.page

Dredging suspended in Banteay Srei district

Sand-dredging was suspended in Siem Reap province’s Banteay Srei district on Monday after it was found that unlicensed operations had polluted creeks, leaving fish dead and impacting residents. Banteay Srei district governor Khim Finan told The Post on Tuesday that it had been found that ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/dredging-suspended-banteay-srei-district

Spanish nature activist court hearing begins

The Koh Kong provincial court on Tuesday heard the case of Spanish environmental activist Alejandro “Alex” Gonzalez-Davidson, who is accused of being an accomplice in “threatening to cause destruction, defacement or damage” and inciting others to do the same. Gonzalez-Davidson’s defence lawyer, Sam Chamroeun, said ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/spanish-nature-activist-court-hearing-begins

Ministry asked about Mekong plan

A member of the Supreme Consultation Forum told The Post on Thursday that he had questioned the Ministry of Mines and Energy over its position regarding a proposed project to develop a sizeable stretch of the Mekong River. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-asked-about-mekong-plan

Impact study on river bank ‘development’ begins

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology said on Tuesday it is conducting an environmental impact study after it received a proposal from Try Pheap Engineering & Construction Co Ltd to dredge the Mekong River and use the sand to develop the river bank. ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/impact-study-river-bank-development-begins

Firm requests permission to restore riverbanks

Try Pheap Engineering & Construction Co Ltd has requested permission from Prime Minister Hun Sen to pump and restore the banks of the Mekong river, according to a Council of Ministers’ letter. The restoration area in question stretches from the Kaam Samnor Cambodia-Vietnam border checkpoint ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/firm-requests-permission-restore-riverbanks

Sand mining threatens ways of life, from Cambodia to Nigeria

If you were disturbed by the damage done to Cambodian coastal fisheries by the industrial-scale dredging of sand for sale to Singapore, as shown in the new documentary short “The Lost World,” there’s good news: the practice has largely been shut down in Koh Kong, ...

Vince Beiser
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/04/sand-mining-cambodia-the-lost-world-film/

Sand dredging in Kampong Cham to resume after forum held

Public forum was held on Thursday at the request of Minister of Education, Youth and Sport Hang Chuon Naron to address the ongoing sand dredging operation along the Mekong river.Earlier on August 22, Naron called on Prime Minister Hun Sen to provide a solution to ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sand-dredging-kampong-cham-resume-after-forum-held

Koh Kong probing filling in of mangrove forest

The illegal filling of a mangrove forest in Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary is being investigated, Koh Kong provincial authorities said yesterday, though officials say they still don’t know who is behind the crime. Sok Sothy, deputy provincial governor, said the sand dredging and filling in of ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/koh-kong-probing-filling-mangrove-forest

Stung Treng officials crack down on dredging site

Stung Treng provincial authorities on Friday shut down an illegal sand dredging operation on the Sesan River and confiscated equipment after having warned the company to cease operations since December, officials said yesterday. ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/stung-treng-officials-crack-down-dredging-site

Cop’s dredging outfit closed

Following several warnings, officials in Prey Veng province’s Peamro district yesterday shuttered an illegal sand-dredging operation being run by a provincial police officer.Chum Chea, Prek Khsay Khor commune chief, said more than 10 officers on Wednesday halted the operation and confiscated machinery, with the operation ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cops-dredging-outfit-closed

Free Mother Nature activists, say NGOs

Twenty-two NGOs released a joint statement yesterday demanding the release of two activists detained by Koh Kong Provincial Court after recording a video of sand dredging. ...

Sen David
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5090564/free-mother-nature-activists-say-ngos/

More riverbank collapses near sand dredging site

Still more riverbank collapses have struck a community in Kandal province’s Sa’ang district where multiple houses have crumbled into the Tonle Bassac river a stone’s throw from where four companies are dredging the riverbed for sand. ...

Yesenia Amaro and Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/more-riverbank-collapses-near-sand-dredging-site

Sand facility allowed to operate

A Koh Kong environmental official yesterday said a company with a sand-washing facility in an area where the Ministry of Mines and Energy last month banned sand dredging would be allowed to keep and operate its facility. ...

Phak Seangly and Yesenia Amaro
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sand-facility-allowed-operate

Koh Kong sand exports permanently banned after volume discrepancies

The Ministry of Mines and Energy has permanently banned sand exports from Koh Kong province – eight months after it imposed a temporary ban following controversy over large discrepancies found in sand export figures to Singapore. ...

Yesenia Amaro and Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/koh-kong-sand-exports-permanently-banned-after-volume-discrepancies

Activists fear dredging in wildlife sanctuary

Activists and a fisherman yesterday claimed that a company has started sand dredging within a wildlife sanctuary in Koh Kong, despite a standing ban on sand exports from companies operating in coastal areas. ...

Yesenia Amaro and Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/activists-fear-dredging-wildlife-sanctuary

New facility worries activists

Activists say a new sand-processing facility is under construction in Koh Kong’s Tatai Wildlife Sanctuary, in the vicinity of the area where two companies were granted permission to conduct environmental impact assessments (EIAs) for sand-dredging projects, documents show, despite a standing government ban on sand ...

Yesenia Amaro and Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/new-facility-worries-activists

Mother Nature activists allege intimidation at sand dredging protest

About 30 villagers escorted two environmental activists from Kandal province’s Sa’ang district to the relative safety of Phnom Penh yesterday after the pair were allegedly harassed by local police for helping coordinate a protest against sand dredging in the area the day before. ...

Phak Seangly and Yesenia Amaro
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mother-nature-activists-allege-intimidation-sand-dredging-protest

Dredging protest in Kandal

Over 200 people held a protest yesterday morning in Kandal province’s Sa’ang district, demanding that provincial authorities halt sand-dredging operations on the Bassac River. ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/dredging-protest-kandal

Mekong riverbanks to be restored

Mines Ministry officials yesterday announced a project to shore up sections of the Mekong river affected by erosion that threatens families in Kandal province’s Mok Kampol district.   ...

Ros Chanveasna
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/36333/mekong-riverbanks-to-be-restored/

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