Tuesday, 02 September 2014

Environment

Hydropower Not Worth the Trade-offs, Experts Warn

Chinas Reach Worlds Dam Builder

29 August 2014
A total nine hydropower dams are slated for completion by 2019, able to produce enough energy to power the country. More

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.

Video Short Film Depicts Difficulties for Fishing Families

Conservation International has given people new methods for fishing—and saving money.

Wildlife Trade Endangering Cambodia’s Fauna

Wildlife conservation officials say the practice of serving wild meat in Cambodia is endangering many of its animals, along with other forms of trafficking.

Video Indigenous Communities Say Authorities Collude With Loggers

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Video In Cambodia, Many Species Worth Conserving

Conservation International works in more than 30 countries around the world to help protect and preserve our planet.

Video In Cambodia, Conservation Is as Varied as the Species

Conservation International is working with local communities to protect several endangered species, including a rare species of turtle and something called a “hairy-nosed otter.”

Video In Cambodia, Many Species Worth Conserving

Conservation International works in more than 30 countries around the world to help protect and preserve our planet.

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

Conservation International, an environmental organization, has recently finished a film titled “Field Chronicles Tonle Sap: Securing Food for Millions.”

Lawmakers Updated on Major Dam on Mekong Tributaries

Critics of the dam say it will affect tens of thousands of people in nearly 80 villages in Stung Treng and will hurt the migrations of fish in a country that relies heavily on them for protein.

Video Cambodian Villagers Express Helplessness to Protect Prey Lang Forest

Villagers in Cambodia's Prey Lang forest say illegal logging has been on the rise on their area, but they are powerless to prevent the deforestation that threatens their way of life.

Newly Discovered Animals in Mekong Deemed Highly Vulnerable

In 2012 and 2013, nearly 400 plants, animals discovered in the Greater Mekong region, one of the five most threatened biodiversity hotspots on the planet

Video Environment Day March Halted by Police

Some 400 students, monks and activists were halted from a peaceful march for Environmental Day on Thursday.

March for the Environment Halted by Police

Some 400 students, monks and activists were stopped from a peaceful march for Environmental Day on Thursday.

Video Indigenous Communities Say Authorities Collude With Loggers

Indigenous villagers in Mondolkiri province say relevant authorities that are supposed to crack down on forestry crimes instead collude with logging companies.

Women Minorities Call Land Development a Major Threat

A group of 20 women from various indigenous groups from across the country met in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, calling economic land concessions the top threat to their way of life.

Indigenous Communities Say Authorities Collude With Loggers

Villagers say police and forestry officials turn a blind eye to illegal logging by companies with powerful businessmen behind them.

Video Anti-Corruption Demonstrators Converge on Two Institutions

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the government’s Anti-Corruption Unit on Thursday, demanding investigations into a variety of land grabs, forced evictions and other crimes.

Video Tourists Marvel at Rare And Endangered Birds On Tonle Sap Lake ​

Tourists in Cambodia are being given the chance to get up close with rare and endangered bird species.

Kratie Families March in Phnom Penh To Protest Evictions

The villagers say a Vietnamese rubber company began developing in the area in 2008, ultimately evicting some 400 families from their homes across more than 2,000 hectares of land.

Groups Want US Help in Improving Transparency in Extractive Industries

At least 120 companies, most of them Chinese, have obtained mining licenses in the last decade, as they seek precious metals, oil and gas in Cambodia.

Rubber Company Suspends Projects as World Bank Investigates

The tribes say some 2,000 families could be affected by a concession granted to the company, which has begun clearing some 47,000 hectares of land in the province.

Mekong River Faces Development Challenges

Vietnam calls on Laos to consult with other river countries before completing construction of two dams on lower Mekong.

ADB Predicts Slower Growth for 2014

In its annual “Asian Development Outlook,” the bank said it expects to see a drop in the rate from about 7.2 percent last year to 7 percent this year.

Environment Groups Plan to Oppose Laos Mega Dams

Ahead of this week’s meeting of the Mekong River Commission, 39 international environmental groups called on the government to halt construction on the Xayaburi dam before February 2015.

Video Cambodia's Floating Villages Face Uncertain Future

Cambodia's Floating Villages Face Uncertain Future

Video Naga Biofuels Turning Used Cooking Oil Into Biodiesel​

Petroleum diesel is widely used in Cambodia, particularly in heavy trucks and vans, but also in many older cars.

Government Calls for Laos To Reexamine Mekong Dam

Environmental groups worry that the Don Sahong dam could devastate fisheries that provide a major source of food for Cambodians living along the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers.

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US To Continue Regular Talks on South China Sea, Diplomat Saysi
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29 August 2014
A senior US diplomat says the US will continue to have discussions with claimants in the South China Sea dispute. In an interview with VOA Khmer, Scot Marciel, the State Department’s top diplomat for Asia and the Pacific, said “regular conversations” will help reduce regional tensions over the sea. “The whole world has an interest in a peaceful South China Sea and in seeing these disputes resolved peacefully and diplomatically,” he said in an interview in Phnom Penh. “So we’ll continue to make that point.” (Sok Khemara, Phnom Penh)

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Doze Off (Movie: Hairspray)i
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25 August 2014
You can say, "I don't know why, but every time I eat 'prahok' (Cambodian anchovy) I find myself 'dozing off' all the time." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to facebook.com/voakhmer or www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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Video Doze Off (Movie: Hairspray)

You can say, "I don't know why, but every time I eat 'prahok' (Cambodian anchovy) I find myself 'dozing off' all the time." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to facebook.com/voakhmer or youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.
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Video Scratch Someone's Back (Movie: Batman Begins)

You can say, "Yeah sure, I can get you a job at CNN easily. Now, if 'YOU SCRATCH MY BACK, I'LL SCRATCH YOURS'." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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Video Wild Goose Chase (Movie: Inside Man)

You can say, "The policeman was sent on a 'wild goose chase' to find the killer. All the clues that were given to him turned out to be false." What does it mean? Watch here.
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Video Let Bygones Be Bygones (Movie: The Social Network)

You can say, "I know he hurt you, he gave up on you, and that broke your heart. But that's the past, you have to 'let bygones be bygones." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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