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In a threatened Cambodian forest, hand-in-hand push to protect land and people

Rampant deforestation and development have increased pressure on animals throughout Cambodia. They’ve especially intensified in the country’s “spirit forests,” as the hill communities like the ethnic-minority Chong call them, which are some of the creatures’ last refuges. But the changes also threaten their culture, as ...

Peter A. Ford
https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2018/0117/In-a-threatened-Cambodian-forest-hand-in-hand-push-to-protect-land-and-people

Landowner unwittingly begins clearing ‘ancient spirit forest’

A Kampong Thom landowner was stopped by provincial officials from clearing a piece of land used as a “spirit forest” by local villagers. ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/landowner-unwittingly-begins-clearing-ancient-spirit-forest

Banong Families Receive Communal Land Tiles

Seventy-two ethnic minorities Banong families received communal titles to a combined 1,008 hectares of ancestral land in Mondolkiri province yesterday morning in a ceremony attended by Land Management Minister Chhun Lim. Communal titles were designed to protect the ancestral lands of the country’s minorities from outside ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Jarai ethnic group takes stand on spirit forest

More then 100 Jarai families in Ratanakkiri’s O’Yadav district have rejected a government proposal to measure their land, saying it would pave the way to turning over a spirit forest to the families of police and soldiers. ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/jarai-ethnic-group-takes-stand-spirit-forest

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