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Bengal florican habitat loss threatens survival

The Wonders of the Mekong project, aimed at promoting sustainable rivers in Southeast Asia, recently highlighted findings from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Cambodia indicating that vast amounts of Bengal florican habitats around Tonle Sap Lake have been lost due to encroachment on natural grasslands. ...

Chea Sokny
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/bengal-florican-habitat-loss-threatens-survival

More than 25 hectares of forest cover were restored in Mondulkiri in 2023

In implementing the forest rehabilitation project as part of the Royal Government of Cambodia’s National Environmental Strategic Plan, USAID-Morodok Baitang and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment have achieved a number of forest cover restores with 25.44 hectares and 27,125 ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501436558/more-than-25-hectares-of-forest-cover-were-restored-in-mondulkiri-2023/

Rare birds’ nests up at Mondulkiri sanctuary

In a promising sign for conservationists, the Bird Nest Protection Project by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Cambodia has dramatically boosted the numbers of rare bird nests at Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province, hopping from 11 nests in 2018 to an impressive 41 ...

Chea Sokny
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/rare-birds-nests-up-at-mondulkiri-sanctuary

Sarus crane population up? Survey underway

Wildlife organisation officials have drawn attention to the presence of sarus cranes in six provinces of Cambodia. The population remains larger than that of Laos or Vietnam. ...

Chea Sokny
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sarus-crane-population-up-survey-underway

Ministry, WCS collaborate on ecotourism potential

Minister of Environment Eang Sophalleth stated that the ministry is carefully pursuing the implementation of ecotourism as its primary focus. ...

Bor Pich Zelin
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-wcs-collaborate-ecotourism-potential

Ministry, WCS collaborate on ecotourism potential

Minister of Environment Eang Sophalleth stated that the ministry is carefully pursuing the implementation of ecotourism as its primary focus. ...

Bor Pich Zelin
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-wcs-collaborate-ecotourism-potential

Rare sarus cranes hatch in Keo Seima sanctuary

In late August, a dedicated wildlife monitoring team from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS Cambodia) in Mondulkiri province made a remarkable discovery – locating another rare sarus crane nest, in which two newborn birds had been safely hatched. Sharing the encouraging news on September 4, WCS ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://phnompenhpost.com/national/rare-sarus-cranes-hatch-keo-seima-sanctuary

Buddha’s legendary tree finds new roots in Siem Reap reforestation efforts

In an effort to rejuvenate areas affected by forest degradation and to conserve lakes, 15,156 saplings of “Raing Phnom” have been planted in four communes in Siem Reap province. ...

Post Staff
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/buddhas-legendary-tree-finds-new-roots-siem-reap-reforestation-efforts

Bakan grassland added to protected area

The Ministry of Environment – in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society of Cambodia (WCS), the Pursat provincial administration, the Pursat provincial Department of Environment and relevant partners – held an August 4 workshop to explain “Sub-Decree 144 on the Bakan Grassland in the Tonle ...

Sok Raksa
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/bakan-grassland-added-protected-area

3,000 saplings planted in Mondulkiri in effort to ‘undo deforestation’

In a spirited effort to revitalise a crime-ravaged landscape, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Cambodia – alongside USAID Morodok Baitang, the Mondulkiri provincial environment department and Keo Seima district authorities – embarked on a rejuvenating mission on June 19. They began the resurrection of the Sre ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/3000-saplings-planted-mondulkiri-effort-undo-deforestation

Royal turtles on verge of comeback: Official

Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra called on fishermen to help conserve the endangered royal turtle (batagur affinis). The species, also known as the Southern river terrapin, are on the verge of extinction in Cambodia, but a successful breeding programme is offering some hope. ...

Samban Chandara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/royal-turtles-verge-comeback-official

Death of wild elephant likely caused by fall, ministry says

The Ministry of Environment expressed regret at the death of a female wild elephant in Mondulkiri province. It suspected that the elephant cow had slipped down a mountain ledge on March 24. ...

Chea Sokny
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/death-wild-elephant-likely-caused-fall-ministry-says

Phase two of zero-snaring campaign launched

The second phase of the zero-snaring campaign in protected areas was launched on March 3 in the presence of Ministry of Environment secretary of state and spokesman Neth Pheaktra. The first phase of the campaign was considered a “resounding success”. ...

Post Staff
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/phase-two-zero-snaring-campaign-launched-0

Protected area communities report forest crimes via app

On average, communities trained by the REDD+ project submit 50 formal reports about forest crimes per month to authorities based upon data captured through the SMART 7 application, according to the USAID Greening Prey Lang (GPL) Project. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/protected-area-communities-report-forest-crimes-app

WCS collects 54 royal turtle eggs in ‘last few days’

NGO Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Cambodia on January 19 announced that its turtle conservation team “over the last few days” collected 54 royal turtle eggs laid on an artificial sand bank at the Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Centre (KKRCC). ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/wcs-collects-54-royal-turtle-eggs-last-few-days

Preah Vihear irrigation pond project promising

The Sansom Mlup Prey Organisation (SMP) has dug a total of three ponds as part of its pilot project on wildlife-friendly community irrigation ponds in the Kulen Prom Tep protected area in Preah Vihear province, where most residents depend on agriculture and often face water ...

Hong Raksmey
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/preah-vihear-irrigation-pond-project-promising

580 iconic Giant Turtles released into Mekong river on World Turtle Day

To mark World Turtle Day, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in collaboration with Fisheries Administration celebrates the conservation of the Critically Endangered Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtles in Cambodia, by releasing 580 hatchlings into the wild. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501081043/580-iconic-giant-turtles-released-into-mekong-river-on-world-turtle-day/

Thirty critically endangered sea turtles hatch

Wildlife conservationists expressed joy to see 30 royal turtle eggs hatch at an artificial sand bank at the Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Centre (KKRCC) last week. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/thirty-critically-endangered-sea-turtles-hatch

US funding wildlife crimes training for court officials

The Ministry of Justice and Wildlife Conservation Society Cambodia (WCS Cambodia) conducted the first training courses on “Skills to Address International Wildlife Trafficking for Cambodian Prosecutors and Judges”. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/us-funding-wildlife-crimes-training-court-officials

WCS releases 35 Cantor's giant softshell turtles into the wild

The Wildlife Conservation Society Cambodia Programme (WCS) has said it safely released 35 Cantor’s giant softshell turtle hatchlings into the wild along the Mekong River on February 17, in Kratie province’s northernmost district of Sambor. ...

Post Staff
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/wcs-releases-35-cantors-giant-softshell-turtles-wild

World Wetlands Day marks the vital importance of Ramsar sites

The Ministry of Environment held World Wetlands Day on February 2 in Pursat province – which is rich in wetlands – to celebrate the importance of ecosystems and protect biodiversity in local communities. ...

Lay Samean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/world-wetlands-day-marks-vital-importance-ramsar-sites

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