Preah Vihear parks see clearing

Source : Khmer Times 

The Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) said on Tuesday that forest in the Phnom Tnort-Phnom Pok and Prey Lang wildlife sanctuaries in Preah Vihear province are being cleared by groups of perpetrators from various provinces. Allan Michaud

Forest rangers and the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) said on Tuesday that forest in the Phnom Tnort-Phnom Pok and Prey Lang wildlife sanctuaries in Preah Vihear province are being cleared by groups of perpetrators from Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Siem Reap and Battambang provinces. Continue reading

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Preah Vihear court takes legal action against three illegal loggers

Source : Phnom Penh Post 

Prey Lang and Boeung Per Wildlife Sanctuaries, though kilometres apart, see constant forestry crimes. Heng Chivoan

Preah Vihear provincial court is taking action against three suspects for illegal forest clearing in Prey Lang and Boeung Per Wildlife Sanctuaries and death threats following a complaint from a team of park rangers and the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) on Tuesday, according to Preah Vihear provincial prosecutor spokesperson Phy Sithorng. Continue reading

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

Hun Sen defends heritage site evictions

Source : Khmer Times 

A man sits in front of an illegally built home within the Angkor Archaeological Park. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday defended the government’s stance on the eviction of people illegally living in heritage sites.

The statement was made during the 25th anniversary of the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Heritage Site of Angkor in Siem Reap province.

Mr Hun Sen said the government’s stance on heritage site encroachment is often taken advantage of by political parties who accuse it of violating human rights. Continue reading

Mobile app tracks forest crimes

Source :Phnom Penh Post

 

The Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) has recorded 2,926 cases of forestry crimes in four provinces since February 2015, a report it released on Thursday said. It was based on data collected with a novel smartphone app.

PLCN members – an alliance of local communities living around the forest in northern Cambodia – have patrolled Prey Lang since 2001 to document cases of illegal logging. But poor data management made reporting haphazard. Continue reading

Indigenous groups want government’s recognition

Source : Khmer Times

Various civil society organisations representing the interest of indigenous groups yesterday called on the government to officially recognise their communities in a bid to keep their land and traditions.

The call was made during a meet between indigenous groups and government officials at an Indigenous People’s Day celebration in Preah Vihear province. Continue reading

Officials tackle forestry crimes

Source: Khmer Times

Authorities often seized evidence of logging crimes but failed to arrest smugglers.

There were 1,428 forestry and wildlife crimes in 2017, with 778 cases ending up in court and the remaining 650 cases leading to administrative fines.

According to the annual report from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the cases included illegal logging, the cutting of forest to seize land, and offences related to the bush meat trade.

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