Wednesday, 28 January 2015

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Raising Frogs in Rice Fields Generates More Incomes and Crops for Farmers

Raising Frogs in Rice Fields Generates More Incomes and Crops for Farmers

28 January 2015
Frogs are a natural, organic alternative to pesticides for farmers in Cambodia fighting against the insects ravening their fragile rice seedlings. More

Video The Impact of Hydro Dams in Tibet, an Interview With Michael Buckley

Massive Chinese developments inside Tibet, including hydro-power dams and large scale mining projects, are sparking concerns of major environmental degradation in the region.

Video Cyclo May Not be Around for Much Longer Without Support

The cyclo is an icon of Cambodia, one that may not be around for much longer as modern forms of transport push the bicycle rickshaw, into history. ​Despite the challenge, the cyclo's veteran drivers - most of them old men from the countryside - are determined to keep pedaling on. AP/Phnom Penh

Video Author Explains Tibet’s River Crisis

Losang Gyatso, head of the Tibetan language service, speaks with author Michael Buckley, describing recent environmental issues on Tibet’s rivers, some of which feed the Mekong River.

Lao Official Defends Don Sahong Dam

Lao officials say they have done what they can to allay concerns of downstream countries over the dam, which environmental groups warn could have devastating impacts on the Mekong River’s fish and communities that rely on them.

Officials Downplay Continued Loss of Forest Cover

Cambodian agriculture and forestry officials are downplaying new maps and a study from a US university that show widespread devastation to Cambodia’s forest cover.

Photogallery India Battles Challenge of Shrinking Habitat for Big Cat

In effort to protect tigers, authorities have launched a program to relocate villages in sprawling habitat

Video Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre Helps Local Poor Generate Income

Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre near Siem Reap is home to the largest butterfly centre in Southeast Asia. As well as showcasing the country's abundance of butterfly species, the centre also trains poor local farmers to make extra money by raising butterflies.

Citizen Groups Call for UN Probe and Scrapping of Two Mekong Dam Projects

Rights groups want Cambodia to scrap two controversial dams on grounds they will profoundly damage people’s lives, livelihoods and environment

Documentary Tackles Concerns Over Mekong Dams

Produced by journalist Tom Fawthrop, the film, “The Great Gamble on the Mekong: Are we Killing the Mekong Dam by Dam?” looks closely at the impact of the controversial dam.

Tsunami Memorial Ceremonies Can't Hide Misgivings About Future Disaster Readiness

Ceremonies in southern Thailand marking the 10th anniversary of the 2004 earthquake and tsunami brought together hundreds of Thais, foreigners and dignitaries.

Southeast Asia's Rubber Farmers Hope for Rebound

Prices have been falling below production costs, due partly to decrease in rubber imports by China, other countries

Video Hunting for Wild Honey in Cambodia's Forests

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

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 )

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28 January 2015
Frogs are a natural, organic alternative to pesticides for farmers in Cambodia fighting against the insects ravening their fragile rice seedlings. But despite their green-credentials, widespread hunting is preventing more farmers from switching to frogs. ​Ap/Takeo

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