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In Cambodia, Many Species Worth Conserving

In Cambodia, Many Species Worth Conserving

21 July 2014
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. More

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.

Tribes Hold Ceremony To Protect Trees in Remote Northern Province

The forest of Preah Rorka sits at the confluence of three districts, covering 90,000 hectares, and tribes in the area rely on the forest for their livelihoods.

Lower Mekong Countries Urge Halt to Lao Dam Project

Lao officials say they are conducting the project transparently and with the proper safeguards.

Wildlife Group Rebuts Environmental Assessment for Mekong Dam Project

World Wide Fund for Nature calls proposed Don Sahong dam a 'recipe for disaster'.

Ratanakkiri Complainants Want Forest Lands Returned

Representatives of 17 different groups say the Hoang Anh Gia Lai company, which received funding from the bank’s International Finance Corporation, devastated forest lands affecting up to 2,000 families.

Complaints Against Rubber Company To Be Assessed, World Bank Office Says

Seventeen different groups joined in the complaint, claiming the Hoang Anh Gia Lai rubber company had destroyed forestry lands affecting as many as 2,000 families.

New TV Campaign Aims to Save Vietnam's Wild Tigers

Public service announcement discourages purchase of tiger bone paste, used to treat joint problems and believed to improve sexual performance.

Mekong Villagers Want Laos Dam Postponed

The proposed dam project is planned for later this year, despite challenges from environmentalists and Cambodian and Vietnamese governments.

World Bank To Review Environmental Complaints Against Company

Supporters of the 17 hill tribe groups from northeastern Cambodia say they believe the complaint will meet World Bank standards for review.

Authorities Burn Down Cottages in Protected Forest Areas

Security forces razed some 300 cottages of villagers in two provinces Thursday, lighting them on fire and kicking out their occupants in reserved forest areas.

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Yearlong Political Deadlock Endsi
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22 July 2014
Cambodia’s political deadlock has ended. For nearly a year, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party has refused to join the government, calling for electoral reforms in a system it says was deeply flawed. Following nearly five hours of meetings between top opposition officials and Prime Minister Hun Sen, that deadlock has ended. The two sides finally reached agreement on a formula for selecting the National Election Committee, which the Rescue Party has said was biased toward the ruling Cambodian People’s Party. Hun Sen and Rescue Party President Sam Rainsy emerged from talks Tuesday smiling and shaking hands. “Victory,” Hun Sen told reporters after the meeting. “You can all applaud.” (Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh)

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21 July 2014
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