Endangered animals pictured

Source: Khmer Times

The use of hidden camera resulted in the documentation 30 different species. Supplied

The Wildlife Conservation Society and Kyoto University of Japan have captured images of at least 30 different endangered mammals living in Preah Vihear province’s Chhep Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Land dispute in Koh Kong escalates

Source: Khmer Times

Koh Kong villagers protest yesterday. KT/Pech Sotheary

Representatives for 175 families from Koh Kong province once again gathered near Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house yesterday seeking intervention in an escalating land dispute.

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Lightning kills fisherman as storms, floods strike

Source: Khmer Times

Floods in Prey Nop district. Supplied

Flooding has spread in coastal provinces and one man was killed by lightning as a low pressure weather system moves into the country from the South China Sea.

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UN envoy meets with NEC

Source: Khmer Times

United Nations Special Rapporteur Rhona Smith (right) sits across from NEC Chairman Sik Bun Hok in a meeting yesterday in Phnom Penh. Heng Chivoan

The National Election Committee (NEC) yesterday told United Nations Special Rapporteur Rhona Smith that election monitoring coalition the “Situation Room” will have to register with the Interior Ministry if it wants to deploy observers for next year’s elections – despite there being no such requirement in the NGO Law.

The special rapporteur met with NEC Chairman Sik Bun Hok yesterday as part of her 10-day visit to the Kingdom, raising the issue of the targeting of the election monitoring group following the commune elections, as well as the registration of migrant workers.
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Timeframe set for Siem Reap airport construction

Source: Phnom Penh Post

A plane sits on the tarmac at the Siem Reap International Airport. Construction work on a new airport in the province could get underway next year. Photo supplied

Construction of Siem Reap’s new international airport, which is being developed by China’s state-run Yunnan Investment Holdings Ltd (YIHL), could start in early 2018.
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New $23b Kampot resort

Source: Khmer Times 

A view of the coastal town of Kampot and its river from the air. A new resort complex called French Riviera Marina will be built in Kampot and nearby Kep. Kampot Property

Located in southern Cambodia, Kampot has been attracting investors’ attention in recent times mainly because of the latest mega development project announced for the province.

The first large-scale international project slated for the region is called the French Riviera Marina; a project valued at $23.2 billion, which will be constructed along the coastal area of Kampot and Kep.

According to the developer, the Pallas Group, the French Riviera in Kampot will offer a secure ocean-side parkland community, consisting of hotels, villas, apartments, a water park, private and artificial beaches, a golf course, a marina, an amusement park and a shopping centre, among other facilities.

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Graft props up illegal timber trade: activist

Source: Khmer Times

Most of the timber that left Vietnam from January to June was sawn wood and raw logs. Supplied

Environmental activist Ouch Leng yesterday alleged that the Cambodian and Vietnamese governments have created a system of corruption that supports the illegal timber trade, while also touting an end to illegal logging and timber exports.

President of the Cambodian Human Rights Task Force Mr Leng also alleged that  commitment to forest protection is a lie from both Cambodia and Vietnam because they are making millions of dollars from smuggling and selling illegal timber.

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