Sanctuary rangers impound timber

Source : Phnom Penh Post

Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary rangers seize a pile of timber found hidden in a Mondulkiri forest, following reports from the villagers. Photo supplied

Environmental rangers on Monday seized a pile of timber hidden in the forest behind a house in Pou Chrei commune’s Me Pai village in Mondulkiri province’s Pech Chreada district following reports from villagers.

Provincial Department of Environment director Keo Sopheak told The Post on Tuesday that a group of villagers on Sunday afternoon reported a pile of timber behind their neighbour’s house to Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary rangers, but that they did not know who hid it there and for what purpose. Continue reading

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Mondulkiri Bunong families seek government intervention

Source : Phnom Penh Post

A bulldozer was used to clear Mondulkiri Bunong families’s farmland. Supplied

Fourteen indigenous families from Mondulkiri province’s Dak Dam commune have sought urgent intervention from local authorities and a human rights NGO after machinery was used to clear their farmland.

The representative of the 14 Bunong ethnic groups, Yat Tay, said on Monday that farmland covering nearly 10ha – used to grow mango, jackfruit, avocado, and pineapple – was illegally bulldozed on Saturday and Monday. Continue reading

Authorities deny RFA timber smuggling report

Source : Khmer Times

Interior Ministry and Mondulkiri provincial forestry administration cantonment officials have denied a Radio Free Asia report saying that timber is being illegally smuggled from the province to Vietnam.

In October, RFA cited anonymous local sources who said that timber is regularly smuggled using modified SUVs through corridors in Pich Chreada district. Continue reading

Cambodian Villagers Protest Sand-Dredging Operation in Protected Zone

Source : RFA 

Sand dredging is shown under way in the O Po stream of Pou Toeut village in Cambodia’s Mondulkiri province, Nov. 26, 2018.

At least 10 ethnic Phnorng villagers protested on Monday in Cambodia’s Mondulkiri  province to demand an end to a sand-dredging operation carried out in a wildlife sanctuary in the Bou Sra commune of the province’s Pech Chreada district, local sources said. Continue reading

Official denies illegal sand dredging claims

Source : Phnom Penh Post

A company allegedly carries out an illegal sand dredging operation in Mondulkiri province. Photo supplied

Members of the community in Bou Sra commune, in Mondulkiri province’s Pech Chreada district, alleged that a tycoon and a government official have been dredging sand illegally.

However, the latter claimed that they are just “testing” whilst the permit is “being processed”. Continue reading

Organic coffee production boosted

Source : Khmer Times

Local coffee beans grown following organic techniques. CEDAC

Locally produced organic coffee has seen a significant rise in demand followed by a 50 percent increase of land under cultivation in 2018 mostly due to the shifting taste buds among citizens in Phnom Penh, said officials on Friday. Continue reading

Mondulkiri communities worried over forest clearing

Source : Khmer Times 

Stocks of timber in the province set for export to Vietnam. CHRTF

Indigenous people in Mondulkiri province’s Keo Seima district yesterday expressed concern over logging activities in the Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary, which they claim is allowed by some commune authorities.

A representative of the indigenous Bunong community, who only identified himself as Sary, said that community members regularly patrol the forest in the district’s Chong Phlas commune and often find people hired by timber traders to cut down trees. Continue reading