Villagers’ deaths prompt mines meeting

Source: Khmer Times

A gold miner at work in Ratanakkiri province. KT/Mai Vireak

Mines Minister Suy Sem yesterday ordered mining operators to follow the law to prevent mining waste from polluting rivers in the wake of more than 10 villagers dying from consuming tainted water in Kratie province.

Mr Sem’s comments came after he met with more than 20 mining companies yesterday at the Ministry of Mines and Energy in Phnom Penh.
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Timber seized in raids in Ratanakkiri, Kratie

Source : The Phnom Penh Post

Military Police and Ministry of Environment officials at the site of a timber bust that took place on Saturday in the Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary.

Authorities in Ratanakkiri’s Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary seized a stockpile of first- and second-grade luxury timber on Saturday, while a truck hauling wood was intercepted by authorities in Kratie province in the early hours of yesterday morning. No arrests have been made in either case, authorities said yesterday.

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Stung Treng officials crack down on dredging site

Source : The Phnom Penh Post

A sand dredging operation (pictured) was shut down on Friday at the Sesan River in Stung Treng’s Sesan district.

Stung Treng provincial authorities on Friday shut down an illegal sand dredging operation on the Sesan River and confiscated equipment after having warned the company to cease operations since December, officials said yesterday.

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More trees to battle vehicle emissions

Source : Khmer Times

 

The trees will be planted to beautify the city and tackle vehicle emissions.

              

 

City Hall plans to plant trees on about 100 hectares of land in major areas of the capital to reduce air pollution caused by vehicle exhaust.

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Two endangered ducks rescued

Source: Khmer Times

The two ducks were found exhausted and are now recovering a wildlife conservation centre in Siem Reap province. Supplied

The Environment Ministry and Wildlife Conservation Society officials rescued two white-winged ducks from Preah Vihear’s Kunlen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary after they were found exhausted and unable to fly.

The WCS said yesterday that the birds were sent to the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity in Siem Reap province for care until they can survive in the wild.

Rours Vann, wildlife research team leader for the ministry and WCS, said he got the information from local villagers before dispatching a team to rescue the birds.

“Ensuring local communities have awareness of conservation issues is vital to encourage them to report wildlife information,” he said,

“If they do not understand the importance of wildlife conservation, they might have eaten or sold these ducks.”

The species is listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List as Globally Endangered. It is on the decline due to disturbances along key stretches of habitat and illegal poaching.

The global population is estimated at 250 to 1,000, and little is known about their numbers in Cambodia.

Project manager of the Siem Reap centre Michael Meyerhoff said that the birds arrived safely and a working group is evaluating and monitoring their health condition.

 

Two men arrested, freed over Cardamom logging

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Oum Ngat Say (left) and Sou Chan (right) were arrested on Friday for allegedly logging in a protected area of Pursat province. Photo supplied

Two men were arrested Friday by Pursat Provincial Military Police for allegedly logging in a protected area, only to be released yesterday at the request of the provincial Military Police commander, officials said yesterday.
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Oknha accused of logging in protected forest

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Community members gather to inspect illegal logging activities in Preah Vihear’s Preah Roka protected forest. Photo supplied

The environment minister has promised to investigate allegations that a tycoon-owned company is using a land concession to illegally log wood in a protected area in Preah Vihear province.

At a ministry forum on Wednesday, local residents and a representative of rights NGO Ponlok Khmer asked Environment Minister Say Sam Al to intervene to halt alleged illegal logging in the Preah Roka Wildlife Sanctuary by the Sam Oeun Sovan company, owned by Oknha Dy Duk.
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