Cambodia loses 31% of protected Areas’ trees in one decade

Cambodia lost 31 percent of tree cover from its wildlife sanctuary protected areas between 2001 and 2022, and more than 100,000 hectares (ha) in 2022, equivalent to 1.2 percent, according to a Citizens Engaged in Environmental Justice for All (CEEJA) report.  ...

Thang Sinorn

MOE recognises forest rangers for hard work and dedication

The Ministry of Environment has yesterday gave recognition to five forest rangers for their outstanding work in environmental protection, natural resource management, and biodiversity conservation where they work at two wildlife sanctuaries in Kratie. ...

Son Minea

Mushrooms bring cash to Oddar Meanchey villagers

Residents in Oddar Meanchey province can earn extra income from trading non-timber forest products sourced in the Sorng Rukhavorn Wildlife Sanctuary in Samrong town. Mushrooms in particular are a lucrative product selling from 15,000 to 20,000 riel ($3.70 to $5) per kilogramme. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn

Firms’ Timber Trade Decried

Two firms holding concessions in rapidly disappearing northern forests are amassing stockpiles of tens of thousands of luxury logs cut both within and outside their leases and trucking them on to Vietnam, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights has alleged. CCHR investigators that tracked logging operations ...

Companies given right to develop wildlife land

The Cambodian government has reclassified 12,000 hectares of wildlife sanctuary to make way for agro-industry concessions for three companies, according to the royal book issued on March 19. The land has been cut from the Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary, the largest protected area in Cambodia, which ...

23,000 Hectares of Land Concessions Approved

The government last month granted four companies a total 23,000 hectares of land concessions for agro-industry projects and a special economic zone (SEZ), according to human rights groups, which said it obtained the information from government documents. An additional 500 hectares inside a wildlife sanctuary were ...

Rare giant ibis loses habitat

The latest in a series of land concessions granted in protected forests has cut nearly 10,000 hectares from Cambodia’s largest wildlife sanctuary – home to the Kingdom’s critically endangered national bird, the Giant Ibis. A September 7 sub-decree, released on Monday evening, reclassified 9,237 hectares of ...

Protected forest ‘is finished’

In the latest government backed appropriation of protected land, nearly 20,000 hectares of the Boeung Per wildlife sanctuary have been reclassified as state private land for agro-industrial development. Two sub-decrees, obtained by The Post this week and initialed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on July ...

Forest on the auction block

Almost 30,000 hectares of a wildlife sanctuary in Oddar Meanchey, Siem Reap and Preah Vihear provinces have been reclassified as state private land for agricultural development, drawing sharp criticism from rights groups. Four sub-decrees signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on July 22 reclassify land ...

Mass Evictions Loom for Wildlife Sanctuary

Ms Sam On, 37, has already lost her house. It was one of three homes razed in April by Kratie provincial military police, environment officials and workers of the Sovannvuthy rubber company, after a tense stand-off with about 100 villagers that villagers said ended with ...

Sell-Off of Wildlife Areas Faster than Believed

500 sq km of land from three conservation areas have been granted by the Cambodian government to agribusiness companies. Prime Minister Hun Sen has approved 50,750 hectares, through nine concessions, to be granted areas of land that were previously conservation areas. Reththy Kiri Sakor Co. ...

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