Forest activists face ‘incitement’ probe

Source : Phnom Penh Post 

Timber seized by authorities in Ratanakkiri near Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary in May. Photo supplied

A senior rights group official and eight ethnic community members were questioned by a Ratanakkiri provincial court prosecutor on Tuesday over alleged incitement to forestry crimes.

According to the court report, Pen Bunna, the senior land and natural resources investigator for rights group Adhoc, and the eight villagers were accused by authorities of inciting people to clear forest land at a sanctuary in Lumphat district’s Seda commune. Continue reading

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Ministry warns of coming drought

Source : Khmer Times 

The ministry wants farmers to be prepared. KT/Mai Vireak

The Water Resources and Meteorology Ministry is calling on all Cambodians to conserve water due to fear of drought during next year’s dry season.

The dry season is expected to commence in February and it will end in May.

On Monday, the ministry said in a statement that January temperatures will range from 17 to 28 degrees Celsius, especially in mountainous areas. Continue reading

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

New public-private mechanism to ‘fill gaps’ in tourism development

Source : Khmer Times 

Tourists visit the Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap. KT/Mai Vireak

A new mechanism has been established to facilitate cooperation between the government and members of the private sector in boosting tourism development.

The Board on Tourism Marketing and Promotion seeks to strengthen the promotion of Cambodia as a tourism destination abroad. Continue reading

Plant halts production amid complaints

Source : Khmer Times

Residents complained of a foul smell coming from the plant. Hang Meas

Officials in Kratie province yesterday warned a cassava flour production company in the provincial city to manage its waste after villagers complained of foul odour coming from its facilities.

Doung Chhay Savuth, director of the provincial environment department, said Sing Song, a company from Korea, will suspend production until it is able to repair its waste management system. Continue reading

Mekong nations agree to boost cooperation

Source : Phnom Penh Post 

A daily life at Mekong river. Pha Lina

Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong joined five regional counterparts at the 4th Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Laos on Sunday and Monday, a meeting in which 19 Cambodian projects were approved with a budget of $8 million.

“Most of the projects cover activities related to capacity building, research, education and exchange programmes,” the deputy minister said. Continue reading

Preah Sihanouk governor orders firm to end activities in national park

Source : Phnom Penh Post

A view of a filled-in beach in Preah Sihanouk province. Photo supplied

Preah Sihanouk provincial governor Yun Min has ordered a local company to cease all development in the Prek Koh Khyong area within the Ream National Park, which the firm plans to turn into a tourist attraction.

Citing environmental concerns in a letter issued on Monday, Min ordered HTTH Island Investment to stop building a jetty and a gravel road leading to the Prek Koh Khyong beach in Prey Nop district’s O’Chrov commune. Continue reading