Government reclassifying biodiversity corridors into protected areas

At least 15 protected areas have expanded to integrate adjacent biodiversity corridors, according to government sub-decrees issued in July and released sporadically over the course of the week. ...

Khuon Narim

Sam Al urges officials to stop rampant land stealing in Ratanakkiri

At a Tuesday meeting with officials, the Ratanakkiri governor, and commune and district authorities, Minister of Environment Say Sam Al said land stealing is rampant and has not slowed down in the province. Sam Al said local officials have been involved in several illegal land ...

Khorn Savi

Sam Al vows to resolve land disputes

Minister of Environment Say Sam Al has vowed that all existing land disputes in Preah Sihanouk province will be resolved and no new cases would be entertained. He also threatened legal action against those who attempt to grab state land. ...

Voun Dara

Government reshuffles coastal managemet committee members

The government reshuffled members of the National Committee for Coastal Management and Development in late January, according to a government statement received by The Post on Tuesday. Prime Minister Hun Sen continues to serve as the committee’s honorary president, while Minister of Land Management, Urban ...

Khorn Savi

Environment ministry works to better identify timber sources

Minister of Environment Say Sam Al said on Monday that his ministry is working with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to identify whether transported timber is from legal or illegal sources. Cambodian Youth Party (CYP) president Pich Sros, who is also a member ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Environment Ministry advises people to stop using used electronics

The remarks were made during a conference on Improving Energy Efficiently in Cambodia: A Crucial Step Towards Sustainable Growth, which was hosted by the National Council of Sustainable Development, the Swedish government and the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA). ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said. He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s ...

Voun Dara

UN official urges government to reduce use of plastic

A senior environment officer for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Monday urged the Ministry of Environment to prepare a waste management system for plastics and to strive for clean air in the country, particularly in Phnom Penh. Erik Solheim, the executive director of ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Yeak Loam Lake given protected status

The government yesterday announced a sub-decree by the office of the Prime Minister to designate Yeak Loam Lake in Ban Lung city in the northeastern province of Ratanakkiri as a new wildlife and ecological protected area. ...

Chea Vannak

US Forest Service to train Cambodian rangers

Ministry of Environment rangers will soon receive training from experts with the US Forest Service in a bid to improve their ability to crack down on forest crimes and protect conservation areas. US Forest Service officials on Tuesday met with Environment Minister Say Sam Al ...

Phak Seangly

Army, Ministry of Environment agree to cooperate

Environment Minster Say Sam Al and Royal Cambodian Armed Forces Commander Pol Saroeun announced three new points of cooperation following a meeting earlier this week, Saroeun announced on his official Facebook page. ...

Yesenia Amaro and Phak Seangly

Plans shown for eco-resort in Siem Reap

Luxury hotel developer Song Saa Resorts has unveiled a plan to transform 400 hectares of land in the Banteay Srei district of Siem Reap province into an eco-tourism resort with an initial investment of $3 million, according to a release on the Ministry of Environment’s ...

Hor Kimsay

After abandoning auctions, government sells off seized timber

The government sold off more than 10,000 cubic meters of illegally logged wood in direct negotiations with private businessmen over the past two days, according to a Finance Ministry official, after abandoning efforts to auction it off due to a lack of interest. ...

Aun Pheap

Nearly six million hectares to be protected

Minister of Environment Say Sam Al has sent a letter to the Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction asking to register nearly six million  hectares of land as protected under the Ministry of the Environment.    ...

May Titthara

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

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

Cambodia's lust for rubber drives ethnic group from land

For generations, the indigenous Bunong were famous as the great elephant keepers and masters of the forests in eastern Cambodia. They called the fertile, rolling hills of their ancestral homeland “meh ne,” or mother – a source of food, livelihoods and self-identity. ...

Malcolm J. Foster and Denis D. Gray

‘Eco-schools’ to try for a​ clean sweep in coming year

The Environment and Education Ministries will expand their eco-school program to all primary and secondary schools across the country over the course of 2017, provided they have the necessary human and financial resources to do so. ...

Mom Kunthear

PM pledges 1m hectares of ELC land to poor

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday declared an end to the government’s review of Cambodia’s economic land concessions (ELCs), pledging that nearly 1 million hec­tares of reappropriated property would be handed over to poor families. He also announced a major reorganization of the two ministries ...

Kuch Naren

Try Pheap gets new ELC amid freeze, governor says

Timber magnate Try Pheap and businessman Lim Bunna were granted economic land concessions (ELCs) on property inside a wildlife sanctuary confiscated from two other companies for violating their government contracts, a provincial governor told a meeting of officials on Monday. ...

Aun Pheap

Environment Minister mainstreams climate change with youth

More than 100 youth and civil servant from relevant institutions took part in a training course this morning on Climate Change for Youth, where the Environment Minister encourage youth to participate in solving issues in relation to climate change at Preah Sihanouk province. ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

Climate change ‘leadership needed’

Senior officials from the Environment Ministry have called on the developed world to provide more assistance in the battle against climate change, which they said Cambodia is working hard to address. ...

Pech Sotheary

Ministry of environment collects inputs for a draft on environmental code

The Ministry of Environment today held a workshop to collect inputs from all stakeholders for drafting the environmental code for orienting Cambodia in walking in the right way, and reflecting the people’ need. ...

The Cambodia Herald​ News Staff

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