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Government timber figures belie ‘ban’ on Vietnam trade

A series of quarterly reports from the National Bank of Cambodia raises questions about the government’s ban on timber exports, as they show that last year, more than $5 million in sawn timber was exported from the Kingdom. The latest report, released earlier this month ...

Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/government-timber-figures-belie-ban-exports

Promised Areng road will bring logging: org

Activists from environmental group Mother Nature yesterday cautioned that a proposed road pledged by Prime Minister Hun Sen for the Areng Valley could cause an increase in illegal logging and drug abuse. ...

Lay Samean
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/promised-areng-road-will-bring-logging-org

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/

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

Returned UDG evictees want double the land

The 529 families who in 2010 traded their homes inside a $3.8 billion Chinese development project in Koh Kong province for land about 20 km away have petitioned local authorities to double the size of their replacement plots, officials said on Wednesday.   ...

Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/returned-udg-evictees-want-double-land-115129/

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/

Rosewood exports undercut UN protections

Cambodia exported hundreds of millions of dollars worth of threatened Siamese rosewood in the 18 months after ratifying a 2013 international protocol designed to protect the species from destructive trade, according to a report released on Friday.   ...

Ben Paviour
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/rosewood-exports-undercut-un-protections-114612/

Environment focus for UNDP

Monday’s World Environment Day was recognized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) when the organization’s headquarters in Cambodia issued a press release outlining the importance of environmental protection in the Kingdom. ...

Tin Sokhavuth
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/25923/environment-focus-for-undp/

Species in ‘dramatic decline’ in east: WWF

Multiple animal species are in “dramatic decline” on Cambodia’s Eastern Plains as a result of habitat loss, road incursion, insufficient law enforcement and poaching, the World Wildlife Fund said in a statement yesterday. ...

Igor Kossov
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/species-dramatic-decline-east-wwf

Cambodia heaps praise on U.S.-Vietnam climate accord

Officials and environmentalists have congratulated Vietnam and the United States on a recent climate changed agreement signed between the two former adversaries, saying the co-operation will have a positive impact on mitigating the effects of the phenomenon in the region. ...

Phorn Bopha
http://www.voacambodia.com/a/cambodia-heaps-praise-on-us-vietnam-climate-accord/3347270.html

Government will start chipping away at protected areas

Between 2009 and 2012, the Ministry of Environment went on nationwide leasing spree, signing over vast swaths of the country’s nominally protected areas to private companies for rubber plantations and other agribusiness ventures.   ...

Zsombor Peter and Ben Sokhean
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/government-will-start-chipping-away-at-protected-areas-113127/

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/

Prey Lang shorted in new protected areas

The core of one of Cambodia’s most important and abused forests —Prey Lang—was officially de­clared a protected area this week af­ter years of campaigning by local ac­tivists and foreign conservationists.    ...

Kuch Naren
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/prey-lang-shorted-in-new-protected-areas-111963/

Preah Vihear excluded from protection plan

The Ministry of Environment conducted a workshop yesterday to discuss the government’s plan to designate five forest areas, totaling about one million hectares of land, as protected. ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/24212/preah-vihear-excluded-from-protection-plan/

In Phnom Penh, a looming sewage crisis

Renderings of Casa Meridian, a new condominium complex, suggest that its wealthy buyers are investing in a glistening 414-unit skyscraper overlooking a placid, ocean-blue body of water surrounding Koh Pich island, which is sprouting a number of luxury towers developed by the Overseas Cambodian Investment ...

Ben Paviour
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/111364-111364/

Gov’t asked to protect nearly 1 million hectares of forest

The Ministry of Environment has proposed the government establish nearly one million hectares of newly protected forest, an area that will include the Prey Lang forest, according to ministry spokesman Sao Sopheap.​ ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/23420/gov---t-asked-to-protect-nearly-1-million-hectares-of-forest/

Ministry encourages conservation, domestication of wild animals

The Ministry of Environment is encouraging people living in or around protected areas to start feeding and domesticating wild animals, and to abstain from eating them, with similar strategies in animal conservation being attempted in communities in Preah Vihear province. ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/23236/ministry-encourages-conservation--domestication-of-wild-animals/

Tonle bassac dredging necessary, say officials

In order to aid waterway transport, sand-dredging – largely banned since a 2011 decree – will soon begin reappearing at dozens of locations along the Tonle Bassac river, a spokesman from the Ministry of Mines and Energy confirmed yesterday. ...

Niem Chheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/tonle-bassac-dredging-necessary-say-officials

Kingdom ranks low on global green list

Cambodia has performed poorly in the 2016 edition of a recent environmental report, ranking a dismal 146 out of 180 countries.The Kingdom returned one of the lowest Environmental Performance Index (EPI) scores in the region, narrowly edging ahead of Myanmar and Laos. ...

Erin Handley
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kingdom-ranks-low-global-green-list

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