Kampong Thom authority impounds timber

Source : Phnom Penh Post 

A man stands on a tree trunk in Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary in 2014 and watches a fire destroy pieces of lumber. Heng Chivoan

A large haul of timber believed to have been illegally logged from the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary in Kampong Thom province has been impounded after being discovered by authorities after a tip-off by local media.

Some 114 large logs were discovered in Kampong Thom’s Santuk district by local authorities on Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading

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Authorities block land protesters

Source : Khmer Times

The protesters came from multiple provinces to seek resolutions to land disputes. KT/Chor Sokunthea

About 600 people from six provinces yesterday gathered to submit petitions to the National Assembly, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet and relevant ministries in Phnom Penh as they seek resolutions to land disputes.

However, authorities blocked the group as it attempted to hand-deliver the petitions and diverted people to Freedom Park while also loading some onto trucks for a ride back to their home provinces. Continue reading

‘Land dispute’ Villagers travel to Phnom Penh for solution

Source : Phnom Penh Post

The villagers protest on the streets this morning. Sam Rith

Some 300 villagers who are locked in a land dispute with the Memot Rubber Plantation Co Ltd in Kratie province returned to Phnom Penh on Tuesday to seek a solution from the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction.

Touch Bol, 43, from Kratie province said around 300 people from Snuol district in the province arrived in Phnom Penh on Tuesday to seek a resolution date after claiming that provincial authorities were unresponsive to their dispute. Continue reading

A dozen Kratie farms demolished

Source : Khmer Times

Villagers look on as authorities conduct evictions in Kratie province’s Snuol district. VOD

Authorities in Kratie province yesterday demolished a dozen family farms deemed illegal in Snuol district’s Khsoem commune.

A villager who requested anonymity said that the demolition was conducted by provincial and district authorities along with police and military police officers. Continue reading

Rare turtle hatchlings come home to Kratie

Source : Phnom Penh Post 

The Asian giant softshell turtle was thought to be extinct in the Kratie area until the species was rediscovered in 2007. wildlife conservation society

More than 560 endangered Asian giant softshell turtle hatchlings were released on Thursday into their natural habitat along the Mekong River in Kratie province, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said. Continue reading

NGOs to boycott MRC meet

Source : Phnom Penh Post

A Cambodian girl paddles on makeshift raft in flood waters at a village in Kandal province on October 7, 2013. TANG CHHIN SOTHY/afp

The floodwaters of the Mekong River have begun to recede across the country, but concerns remain over damage caused in Stung Treng and Kratie provinces.

The Mekong River Committee (MRC) plans to hold an open forum this month on the development of hydropower dams along the river. However, 20 NGOs in the Kingdom have said they will boycott the event. Continue reading

Kampong Cham homes relocated to avoid floods

Source : Khmer Times

Floods have killed 14 people in the province. Supplied

In anticipation of upcoming floods in Kampong Cham province’s Kang Meas district, officials yesterday began relocating 13 wooden houses away from a river bank.

Provincial Governor Kuoch Chamroeun said that more than a dozen families and their homes in Soukong commune are in the process of being relocated. Continue reading