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.

Ratanakkiri River Itching Probe Draws a Blank

Source: Khmer Times

Health officials in Ratanakkiri province have moved to quash reports of ill-effects from Sesan river water.

Officials said some local media had reported that villagers in Veun Sai district complained of unusual itching of their hands.

However, health department officials who went to the place where the itching was reported found no such cases.
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Company banned from forestry work

Source : Khmer Times

The company had its permission revoked to collect forest by-products in Preah Vihear province last month.

The government has taken further action to stop the Doung Srouch Group from collecting timber on social land concessions across the nation.

The company already had its permission revoked to collect forest by-products in Preah Vihear province last month on a 1,545-hectare social land concession in Choam Ksan district.

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Nearly 400 border abuses reported

Source : The Phnom Penh Post

The National Police’s annual report has accused neighboring countries of abusing Cambodia’s borders over the past year through air space incursions, the construction of barbed wire fences, farmland encroachment and road clearance work.

The report said that in 2017 the security situation along borders was quiet, but also noted 388 irregular activities, including 365 along the border with Thailand, 15 with Vietnam and eight with Laos. Continue reading

Police raid wood workshop hidden in forest

Source: Khmer Times

Police seized logs and machines during the raid. Supplied

Kampong Thom provincial police raided a wood workshop hidden in the forest in Sandan district on Sunday morning.

District police chief Oung Maly said the workshop was built illegally and had no licence for operation.

“Provincial and commune police came to crackdown on the location. The workshop had been set up inside the forest in Mean Rith commune to cut wood,” he said. “It had no licence.”

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Monk forest chief files report against soldiers

Source : The Phnom Penh Post

The Venerable Bun Saluth, head of the Sorng Rukhavorn community forest in Oddar Meanchey. Facebook

A community forest chief in Oddar Meanchey province is pursuing legal action against a pair of soldiers over an incident last month in which they allegedly beat and threatened forest patrollers who caught them transporting luxury timber.

The Venerable Bun Saluth, head of the Sorng Rukhavorn community forest, filed a complaint to the Forestry Administration on Friday accusing soldiers Moeng Duong and Sam Pisey of forestry crimes and threatening to set a patroller’s family on fire after patrollers stopped a mini-tractor loaded with timber.

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