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Increase in wildlife presence in Cambodia confirmed

Cambodia has observed noticeable increase of wildlife presence including rare and endangered species at Virachey National Park in the last five years, according to the Ministry of Environment. ...

Lim Nary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/724931/increase-in-wildlife-presence-in-cambodia-confirmed/

Vietnamese land-grabbers held

Following a provincial court order, Ratanakkiri Military Police on April 16 arrested 12 Vietnamese nationals accused of crossing the border into Cambodia and illegally clearing forest land. The accused are now being detained at Phnom Svay prison in the province. Ratanakkiri military police commander Thav ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/vietnamese-land-grabbers-held

Ratanakkiri gov’t to ban land sale in protected areas

While the Ratanakkiri provincial administration will not recognise illegal land transactions in the province’s protected areas, an NGO says its action is not effective and forest crimes continue unabated. The administration’s letter dated October 19 and obtained by The Post on Monday came after Minister ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ratanakkiri-govt-ban-land-sale-protected-areas

Endangered gaur gives birth

The Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre has announced the arrival on Monday of a male gaur calf to a female that was brought from the Kingdom’s northeastern region seven years ago as part of a pioneering breeding programme. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/endangered-gaur-gives-birth

Illegal timber still flowing: EIA

More than one million cubic metres of illegal timber has flowed unhindered from protected areas in Cambodia’s northeast provinces to Vietnam as the latter continues its role as a serial illegal timber trade offender, according to a report issued by the Environmental Investigation Agency. ...

May Titthara
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50496726/illegal-timber-still-flowing-eia/

Cambodia tops region for fires detected from space

Yet again, the Kingdom this year burns brighter than its neighbours, with fires in Cambodia being detected from space at a much higher rate than any other country in the region, according to a NASA report published last week. It’s likely a product of both ...

Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodia-tops-region-fires-detected-space

Ministries to form taskforce to protect forests

The Environment Ministry has requested the National Defence Ministry to form a joint working group over the use of land in natural protected areas to cut down on land disputes and instances of illegal logging. Defence Ministry spokesman General Chhum Sucheat said both parties agreed last ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50110603/ministries-form-taskforce-protect-forests/

New report shows huge loss of Cambodia’s forest

Economic land concessions are having a huge impact on Cambodia’s northeastern forests, a new reports shows. Still, those who attended Wednesday’s seminar urged the government to do more to stop the practice. Based on calculations of the number of logging trucks counted leaving the ...

Hul Reaksmey
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/new-report-shows-huge-loss-of-cambodia-forest/2933337.html

New report shows huge loss of Cambodia’s forest

Economic land concessions are having a huge impact on Cambodia’s northeastern forests, a new reports shows. Still, those who attended Wednesday’s seminar urged the government to do more to stop the practice. Based on calculations of the number of logging trucks counted leaving the ...

Hul Reaksmey
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/new-report-shows-huge-loss-of-cambodia-forest/2933337.html

Report slams logging in northeast

National parks and other protected areas are being gutted at a rapid rate in Stung Treng and Ratanakkiri by private business interests, among them the powerful Try Pheap Group, a report launched yesterday claims, though authorities have disputed certain figures.The report, titled Logs and Patronage: ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/report-slams-logging-northeast

Lawmakers accuse tycoons of illegal logging

CNRP lawmakers have written to Prime Minister Hun Sen asking him to stop the ongoing illegal logging of northeast Cambodia’s Virachey National Park, which they said they witnessed during a recent trip and blamed on businessmen An Mady and Try Pheap. ...

Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/lawmakers-accuse-tycoons-of-illegal-logging-87808/

Tiny frog in Virachey added to red list

A tiny species of frog that may be found only in Virachey National Park in Cambodia’s remote northeast was yesterday officially classified as endangered by a major international conservation group. ...

Daniel Pye
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/tiny-frog-virachey-added-red-list

Minister says minorities should rely less on forests

Environment Minister Say Sam Al on Friday pledged to protect the culture of Cambodia’s indigenous minorities, before going on to say that those groups need to learn to survive without relying on the forests they have depended on for centuries. ...

Matt Blomberg
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/minister-says-minorities-should-rely-less-on-forests-80498/

Timber trader Try Pheap linked to logging racket

In a new report, U.K. environmental rights group Global Witness places Cambodian timber magnate Try Pheap at the heart of a vast illegal logging operation driving the country’s rarest tree species to the brink of extinction with the collusion of government and military officials. “The Cost ...

Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/timber-trader-try-pheap-linked-to-vast-logging-racket-77466/

Ministry vows to take some ELC land back

Amid promises reiterated by the government yesterday that it will take a tougher stance on economic land concessions, logging tycoon Try Pheap minimally reduced his sweeping natural resource empire, returning more than 20,000 hectares of undeveloped forestry. It was unclear what kind of arrangement prompted Pheap ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-vows-take-some-elc-land-back

Lawmaker blasts illegal logging in Stung Treng

Two draft laws on judicial reform were easily passed by the single-party National Assembly on Friday but the session was overshadowed by a rookie lawmaker’s attack on lax enforcement of forestry laws in Stung Treng province. On the fourth day of the third plenary session of ...

Khy Sovuthy
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/lawmaker-blasts-illegal-logging-in-s-treng-59494/

Can’t see the forest …

The percentage of Cambodia covered in forest has fallen from about 72 per cent in 1973 to only about 46 per cent in 2013, satellite image data released yesterday shows. A series of animated maps that Open Development Cambodia (ODC) produced from NASA satellite images detail ...

Shane Worrell
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/can%E2%80%99t-see-forest-%E2%80%A6

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