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Hunting for Wild Honey in Cambodia's Forests

Hunting for Wild Honey in Cambodia's Forests

18 December 2014
Cambodia is thought to produce the best wild honey in Southeast Asia, mainly due to its climate and topography. More

Parties Polarized After Consultation on Laos' Don Sahong Dam

Planned dams along Mekong river have drawn scrutiny from environmentalists, who worry about impact on migratory fish and water flow.

Mekong Countries Voice Major Concerns Over Laos Dam

A public consultation organized by the Mekong River Commission opened in Pakse, Laos, Friday, where opponents continued to call for Laos to reconsider a controversial dam project.

Deal Reached at UN Climate Talks

Countries to submit national plans on dealing with climate change ahead of next December's summit in Paris.

Environmentalists Skeptical Ahead of Laos Meeting on Hydropower Dam

Project is one of a series of planned dams in the Mekong River Basin that environmentalists say could harm an ecosystem critical for feeding millions of people in Southeast Asia

On Rights Day, Consider Those Still Fighting

To commemorate this day and this collective protest, I would like to honor the indigenous women warriors of Areng Valley, who are speaking out and fighting to protect their land from the construction of a controversial dam.

Video On Rights Day, Consider Those Still Fighting

Award-winning filmmaker Kalyanee Mam submitted an essay to VOA Khmer to mark International Human Rights Day. It is accompanied by a short film she produced looking at the lives of the women of the Areng Valley, who oppose a proposed hydroelectric dam there they say endangers their way of life.

Photogallery Mekong Fishermen Want Laos Dam Better Studied

The Mekong River Commission will hold a regional public consultation on Dec. 12 to discuss the project and hear objections.

Photogallery Rivers Etch the Cambodian Way of Life

Freshwater from the rivers of Cambodia are an integral part of life in Cambodia and a key element of the Khmer national character. The Mekong River Commission meets December 12 in Pakse, Laos to receive public input on the planned Don Sahong Dam, proposed by the Lao government to be built on a Mekong River site two kilometers from the Cambodian border and Steung Treng province. The MRC will take attendees on a field trip to the site on December 11.

Major Meeting Over Contentious Laos Dam Scheduled

Environmentalists say the dam would block the only year-round passage for fish migration between Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.

Filmmaker Warns of Impacts of Hydrodam in Western Cambodia

The Stung Cheay Areng dam would flood at least 26,000 acres and displace more than 1,500 people from their ancestral homes, Kalyanee Mam warns.

Video Illegal Logging Ravaging the Last Forests, Activists Say

Forestry activists say at least 55,000 tons of luxury wood has been sent from Cambodia to China this year alone.

Illegal Logging Ravaging the Last Forests, Activists Say

Forestry activists say at least 55,000 tons of luxury wood were sent from Cambodia to China this year alone.

Slain Journalist Quietly Reported on Illegal Timber

Traing Try wrote stories for several small papers, mostly about illegal logging and the illicit transport of timber from Cambodia to Vietnam.

Video Fight for Areng Valley by Kalyanee Mam

Award-winning filmmaker Kalyanee Mam submitted an essay to VOA Khmer following the murder of journalist Taing Try. It is accompanied by a short film she edited in remembrance of him and the environmental issues Cambodia still faces. The following video is the short film.

Remembering Cambodia’s Heritage by Kalyanee Mam

Award-winning filmmaker Kalyanee Mam submitted an essay to VOA Khmer following the murder of journalist Taing Try.

Public Discussions Planned for Controversial Laos Dam

The discussions over the Don Sahong Dam will start in Stung Treng province this week, near the Lao border, and continue through early December.

Thousands of Hectares Taken Back from Concessions

Some 2.2 million acres have been granted to companies, affecting 420,000 people, according to the rights group Licadho.

Villagers Call for Halt to Hydropower Project in Northeast

The dam is expected to flood five villages where some 5,000 people live.

Video Cambodia Foreign Minister Previews Upcoming UN Speech

Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong is slated to deliver a speech to the UN’s General Assembly on Monday in New York.

Climate Change Summit Takes Up Deforestation

Representatives of global corporations, national governments and indigenous peoples resolved to work together to save the forests.

Obama Honors Two Cambodian Rights Workers

One was Chut Wutty, an activist who was shot to death by security guards in 2012 and the other was Chok Sopheap, a prominent activist.

Communities Band Together to Oppose Mekong Dams

Networks of fishing communities from Cambodia and Thailand call for Laos to halt construction of Xayaburi Dam in northern Laos and stop the planned Don Sahong dam near the borders.

Despite Threats, Spanish Forest Activist Says He’ll Continue His Work

Local activists and Gonzalez were asked to sign a pledge not to take more action to block the area in exchange for their release.

Watchdog Objects To Certification of Rubber Company

Global Witness says the Vietnam Rubber Group does not meet criteria for certification.

Video Short Film Depicts Difficulties for Fishing Families

A new program by Conservation International has given people new methods for fishing—and saving money. VOA Khmer's Men Kimseng interviews John Martin, producer of the CI's visual story telling unit, who filmed Ros Sophy and her family on his recent visit to Cambodia.

Hydropower Not Worth the Trade-offs, Experts Warn

A total nine hydropower dams are slated for completion by 2019, able to produce enough energy to power the country.

Photogallery Forum Focuses on Sustainable Cambodia

Representatives from the government, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders gathered in the forum about sustainable development in Cambodia, organized by the Enrich Institute. The forum was held at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center with the financial support from the the Asia Foundation, the Voice of America and others. (Photo: Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer )

Economic Growth Has Come at High Cost, Experts Warn

Representatives from the government, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders gathered in the forum to discuss issues facing Cambodian development.

Global Witness Praises Rubber Company’s Reforms

The expansion of rubber plantations in the Cambodian countryside is a major source of contention with villagers who are ousted from their land by companies.

Video Film Explores Ways To Save the Tonle Sap's Fish

Conservation International has recently finished a film titled "Field Chronicles Tonle Sap: Securing Food for Millions." Peter Stonier, the group's senior director of visual storytelling, tells VOA Khmer's Soeung Sophat about the film.

Ebola Also Devastates Wild Ape Population

Spillover rate of diseases passing between humans and animals is increasing as the growing human population encroaches upon new habitats.

Filmmaker Turns Camera Toward Hydrodam Valley

Once built, the hydropower dam will affect 26,000 hectares of land and 1,500 people of the Chong ethnic minority.

Video In Cambodia, 'hairy-nosed otter' Worth Conserving

Conservation International works in more than 30 countries around the world to help protect and preserve our planet. In Cambodia, the group is working with local communities to protect several endangered species, including something called a "hairy-nosed otter." The otter was once thought to be exti

Video In Cambodia, Many Species Worth Conserving

In Cambodia, Conservation International is working with local communities to protect several endangered species, including a rare species of turtle.VOA Khmer's Poch Reasey recently interviewed an official from the agency, Peter Stonier to discuss conservation in Cambodia.

Illicit Ivory Sales Booming in Bangkok

Environmentalists say 20,000 of remaining 500,000 African elephants were killed last year, primarily poached for ivory to meet Asian demand.

Villagers Accuse Mondolkiri Company of Major Deforestation

Adhoc says at least 110 forestry activists are currently under threat, through lawsuit, violence or arrest, in the province.

Fishers Report Rampant Corruption, Major Depletion of Fisheries

Fish are the main source of protein for many Cambodians, who consume about 63 kilograms of fish per year.

For One Farmer at Least, Crops Without Soil

Mann Sophal says hydroponic farming is easier than traditional farming, but it does require some know-how about the equipment and the water.

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Hunting for Wild Honey in Cambodia's Forestsi
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17 December 2014
Cambodia is thought to produce the best wild honey in Southeast Asia, mainly due to its climate and topography. Most of it is harvested informally and sold cheaply at local village markets. Now, one company is helping some of the country's poorest people by employing them to hunt for honey, then selling it commercially. (AP, Koh Kong)

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You've Got To Be Kidding (Movie: Bedtime Stories)i
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01 December 2014
You can say, "What? You lost your passport? So, you're stranded in a foreign country, where you don't speak the language and you don't know anyone? You've got to be kidding me, right?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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Video You've Got To Be Kidding (Movie: Bedtime Stories)

You can say, "What? You lost your passport? So, you're stranded in a foreign country, where you don't speak the language and you don't know anyone? You've got to be kidding me, right?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish.
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Video All Thumbs (Movie: Minority Report)

You can say, "I was 'all thumbs' this morning when trying to tie this tie - I kept making mistakes and just couldn't figure a way to pull it together." What does it mean? Watch here.
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