More than 50 pieces of luxury wood bust in Kampot Province

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Three containers show illegal luxury wood that was confiscated in Kampot province on Tuesday. fresh news

Three boats carrying three containers with 53 pieces of luxury wood allegedly intended for export to Vietnam were confiscated by the Customs Navigation Office in Kampot province’s Prek Thnout commune on Tuesday, Kampot Military deputy police chief Keo Sophal said.

Sophal said he was unaware of the total weight and measurements of the wood as he was not involved in the operation. He said the raid was carried out by the national Military Police in cooperation with the Customs Navigation Office. Continue reading

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Tree plantings boost for Angkor

Source: Khmer Times

People plant saplings in the Angkor area. Apsara Authority

More than 2,000 luxury timber saplings have been planted around the Angkor complex in Siem Reap province to increase forest cover and improve the temple environment.

The Apsara Authority, along with private sector bodies such as the Siem Reap Human Resource Association and the Siem Reap Tourism Association, took part in the planting on Saturday.

Yet Sovat, director of the authority’s forest management department, said 2,170 precious and rare saplings were planted near the east of Ta Prohm temple, with 50 hotels and a tourism company taking part in the program.

More than 2,000 people participated in the event. Apsara Authority

He said 1,504 neang nuon trees, 275 beng trees and 391 kranhoung trees were planted. These were luxury timbers in Cambodia, and rare in the Angkor area.

“The trees will grow well for about seven to ten years in the good environment and care of the forest staff in the Angkor area,” Mr Sovat said. “They will create a better environment and the next generation will get to know these luxury timbers.”

“Forest staff, apart from taking care of the temple, will pay close attention to protecting the environment around the temple,” he added.

Filib Kao, chairman of the Club of Travel Operators of Siem Reap, said that 30 tour operators guided more than 2,000 people to participate in the program.

The Apsara Authority worked with the private sector on the project. Apsara Authority

“The trees will promote Siem Reap city to be a sustainable tourism destination to contribute to the environment and to support the temples and tourist attractions,” he said.

Im Sokrithy, deputy director of the Angkor International Documentation and Research Centre, said the Apsara Authority celebrated the tree-planting program every year. However, this year was a special occasion, involving collaboration with many private agencies.

Recently, the Apsara Authority has stepped up its efforts to manage and maintain forest cover surrounding the Angkor World Heritage site.

National Road 4 closes due to flooding

Source: Khmer Times

Authorities have closed the traffic on a flooded section of National Road 4 in Preah Sihanouk province. KT/Ven Rathavong

Authorities have closed the traffic on a flooded section of National Road 4 in Preah Sihanouk province because the water level is rising.

On Tuesday morning, the water is flowing one metre over a stretch of National road 4 as the water level of Samraong river is rising.

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US Forest Service to train Cambodian rangers

Source : The Phnom Penh Post 

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Patrollers with the Prey Lang Network and environmental rangers confiscate illegal timber earlier this year. Ministry of Environment rangers will soon receive training from experts with the US Forestry Service to improve their capacity to crack down on forestry crimes.

Ministry of Environment rangers will soon receive training from experts with the US Forest Service in a bid to improve their ability to crack down on forest crimes and protect conservation areas.

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Police crack down on trucks carrying timber in Mondulkiri

Source : Khmer Times

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Police confiscate timber being transported from a wildlife sanctuary.

The police and court prosecutor have cracked down on two trucks allegedly attempting to transport more than ten pieces of timber from the Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province into Ratanakkiri province on Friday night.

Morm Vanda, deputy prosecutor of Ratanakkiri Provincial Court who led the operation, said the crime was committed in Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary, but no one was arrested.

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Police stop transport of illegal logs

Source : The Phnom Penh Post

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Officials inspect vans loaded with timber that were stopped by authorities in Stung Treng province on Friday.

Stung Treng Provincial Military Police stopped six vans transporting timber illegally on Friday night, but were unable to catch any of the drivers, according to police.

Uy Kvai, deputy director of the crime office at the Stung Treng Provincial Military Police base, said the vans were carrying second-grade timber, commonly used for building houses, through Stung Treng district’s Samaki commune.

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Officers raid woodwork shops

Source : Khmer Times

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Authorities are inspecting woodwork shops to ensure they are operating legally.

Anti-economic crime officers from Kampong Speu provincial police and Thporng district forces have uncovered eight unlicensed wood workshops as part of an effort to clamp down on forestry crime.

District police chief Hun Sok Hon said the crackdown would be ongoing throughout his district until all communes were inspected.

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