Bosnian Nature Reserve Threatened by Hydroelectric Project
Local watchdog groups say they have been forced to take forest protection into their hands, due to a failure of government to do so.
The Kandal provincial court has summoned the two villagers, Sen San and Ouk Sambo, to testify on Friday.
Heavy rainfall and flooding along the Mekong River killed 168 people this year and damaged hundreds of thousands of hectares of rice and other crops across the country.
The rights group Adhoc says it is monitoring “at least 100” individuals who are complicit in forestry crimes across the country.
The Cambodian Human Rights Task Force said in its report that some 1,400 families had been pushed from their land by the company of Try Pheap.
The new report underscores the ongoing problem linking corruption, powerful business and the destruction of the country’s national resources.
Wildlife protector says illegal poaching and trafficking are decreasing due to strict law enforcement, education, and providing alternative livelihood to local people. Thousands of animals, including the endangered ones, have been rescued and released back into their natural sanctuary.
A leading environmentalist hopes that one day when there is a political will from Cambodian leaders their goal to sustainably protect wildlife in the southern cardamom mountain will be achieved. The area is abundant with different species of wildlife and it will not last forever if it is leased out to private companies for development. Suwanna Gauntlett, CEO and founder of Wildlife Alliance, talked to Men Kimseng of VOA Khmer when she was here in Washington DC.
Members of a fishing community in Battambang province say overfishing has increased in recent years, fueled in part by collusion between criminals and the authorities responsible for protecting them.
Cambodia is facing a growing crisis from overfishing, as major fish stocks in the Tonle Sap lake are being depleted, diminishing a major source of protein for millions of people.
Cambodia has long been a hub of wildlife trafficking. Nick Marx, Wildlife Programs Director of the Wildlife Alliance, says his efforts at combating the illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia has saved more than 56,000 animals from certain destruction.
More than 800 inmates were evacuated from a Banthey Meanchey prison Thursday morning.
Floodwaters in Cambodia continues to rise on Tuesday in the provinces along the Mekong river and in Phnom Penh, killing at least 30 people. Meteorology officials have voiced concerns that floods in some parts of the country could reach the levels of the ones in 1996, which claimed almost 170 lives and affected more than a million Cambodians nationwide. (Reuters)
Seven people have been killed and thousands more affected by flooding in Banteay Meanchey, Preah Vihear and Kampong Thom provinces.
About 1,100 other families, were forced to relocate to new villages in the mountain to make way for the massive development, undertaken by the Chinese Union Development Group.
Thousands of families in the remote coastal province of Koh Kong have been evicted or are facing eviction in the face of a Chinese resort development project. Some families have moved unwillingly to relocation sites. Some are refusing to leave, setting the stage for another land dispute. The families are facing eviction from a 36,000-hectare resort development by the Chinese Union Development Group, which holds a 99-year lease on the land. Chinese hydrodam developments have already damaged major parts of Koh Kong, home to the Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia’s richest source of biodiversity. The resort adds to the difficulties facing residents of the province, which has also seen major evictions and disputes rising from the growth of a massive sugar plantation. Part one of a two-part series. (Say Mony, Koh Kong)
More than 1,100 families in 13 villages across Kirisakor and Botumsakor districts are facing displacement from the $3.8-billion development project, according to rights organizations.
The US-based think tank said the center, known in Cambodia as Cedac, was responsible for higher yields in Cambodian agriculture production through its research.
“A River Changes Course” follows the lives of three different families adversely affected by development in three very different ways.
Police said late Monday they are trying to rescue the trapped miners, near Romtum village, Rovieng district, but the shaft is very deep and old, making rescue efforts difficult.
Villagers in the coastal province of Koh Kong say they are being kept in the dark on a hydroelectric dam planned to be built by a Chinese company in the remote Areng River valley.
Villagers in Koh Kong province say they are being kept in the dark on a hydroelectric dam planned to be built by a Chinese company in the remote Areng valley of the coastal province of Koh Kong. But villagers here say they are worried that if the dam is indeed built, it will cause major harm to their livelihoods. Cambodia has turned to the Chinese for a number of hydropower dams across the country. Supporters say they are needed to power the country’s growth and development, but opponents say they are not worth the environmental costs. (Say Mony, Koh Kong)
Chan Soveth told VOA Khmer by phone he did not commit incitement or put out harmful disinformation.
Opponents say planned hydropower project will block critical fish migration routes.
Adhoc counts as many as 48 cases of rights workers being threatened or otherwise intimidated, especially those monitoring the environment and natural resources.
On a road in Koh Kong province on Friday, Buddhist clergy and family members honored the environmentalist one year after his slaying. Chut Viuhy was shot dead at this remote location at a police check point during an NGO review of a forest area. VOA Khmer's Say Mony reports from Koh Kong province.
“Cambodia: Losing Ground,” works by photographer Emma Hardy, a regular contributor to New York Times Magazine, shows forced evictions and its effects.
With economic concessions now widespread in the countryside, international donors must work harder to help Cambodia’s ethnic minorities battle forced evictions and land grabs, a representative for these groups said.
Yun Mane, chair of the Cambodia Indigenous Youth Association, is in Washington this week, meeting with international groups to push for more land rights for the indigenous. VOA Khmer's Sok Khemera, Washington.
Advocacy groups, environmentalists and policy-makers discussed for five days on events surrounding Mekong River issues in Washington. “Mekong Days,” a series of talks, films and other events seeks to highlight issues in the region, where some 60 million people live. The Mekong River, a major source of food for many in the region, is currently under increased pressure from hydropower dam projects and the potential impact of climate change. Environmental advocates say the dams could hurt fish stocks in the river, even as temperature and rainfall changes threaten agriculture and livestock. (Sok Khemara, Washington)
Kao Savuth told VOA Khmer at his residence in Linz, a small town in Austria, that he had led several organizations as a way to stop being homesick.
The award-winning documentary on Cambodian development, "A River Changes Course," screened in Washington last month for an environmental film festival. The festival examined the impacts of globalization and environmental destruction. VOA Khmer's Men Kimseng spoke with filmmaker Mam Kalyanee to discuss how these issues are addressed by activists and decision-makers.
Last month, hundreds of them marched along the river, protesting the construction of the dam, which would force as many as 1,500 families to resettle.
Housing rights activist Tep Vanny arrived in Washington this week to accept a leadership award. The Public Life Award was given to her by Vital Voices, an organization formed by former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. In a studio interview with VOA Khmer's Sok Khemara, the 31-year-old activist said she was honored to be recognized for her ongoing struggles to raise awareness of forced evictions that have left thousands of Cambodians homeless.
Though the government has approved the Lower Sesan 2 Dam project, affected villagers in Stung Treng province continue to rally against it. They want authorities to reconsider plans for the hydropower dam. VOA Khmer's Say Mony reports from northern Cambodia in Stung Treng province.
The villagers living along the Sesan river in Stung Treng province say they do not want to see the Lower Sesan 2 dam erected on the river, where generations of Cambodians have supported families by fishing and rice farming.
Noy Phut is a fisherman here in Srek Kor village of Sesan district. He says if built, the dam would disrupt his ability to support his family by fishing.
“Of course, there will be nothing,’’ Noy Phut said.
“Mekong Days,” a series of talks, films and other forums that ended Tuesday, highlighted issues in the region, where some 60 million people live.
Some 60 million people live along the Mekong River, relying on it for food and agriculture.
Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam rely heavily on the Mekong River, and these countries spend millions of dollars annually to protect areas of the river.
Environmental activists are working to conserve a rare turtle that lives in three provinces of northeastern Cambodia.
The Asian giant softshell turtle, a freshwater species called “frog head turtle” in Khmer, is disappearing from Southeast Asia, but a good number of specimens have been found living along the Mekong River in Cambodia.
“They are in a critical situation,” said Sun Yoeung, a project officer at Conservation International, as he toured the river last week.
Around 2,600 of the turtle species are thought to be living along the river. VOA Khmer's Kong Sothanarith reports from Stung Treng.