Environment

In Northeast, One Company Controls Nearly All Illegal Logging: Report

Oknha Try Pheap, the Director of the Try Pheap Group of companies is a prominent and powerful Cambodian tycoon. (Courtesy photo: Globalwitness.org)

27 August 2015
Try Pheap representatives declined to comment on the report, which gives extensive descriptions of the companies operations. More

New Report Shows Huge Loss of Cambodia’s Forest

The report also shows that local communities play a role, working in illegal logging due to a lack of other jobs.

Cambodia Well Suited for Solar, Though Use Remains Low

Cambodia has a high degree of solar radiation, making the country a good place for the renewable energy source, a report from the Asian Development Bank says.

Police Raid Headquarters of Arrested Environmentalists

Koh Kong provincial police on Friday raided the headquarters of Mother Nature Cambodia, three activists of which the courts have detained for leading a campaign against sand dredging.

Judge Questions Environmental Activists at Prison

The Koh Kong provincial government stated that 10 youths from Mother Nature have taken part in activities to encourage people to protest against sand dredging in their communities.

Three Environmental Activists Arrested in Koh Kong Province

The activists are being charged with acts of “intimidation” and face up to two years in prison, as well as fines.

Authorities Release Pair of Rare Gibbons Near Famed Temples

Authorities at Angkor Wat say they will monitor the couple closely and have worked hard to ensure that no hunters will poach in the area.

Across Asia, Rapid Economic Growth Threatens Biodiversity

Gathering of IUCN in Bangkok warns that unless countries in region can work together to better protect shrinking ecosystems, scores of plants and animals will face extinction.

Video Cambodia Makes Progress Curbing Bear Trade

Cambodia's wild bears are under unprecedented pressure. Their native forests are being cut down at record rates, and China's huge demand for traditional medicine has made them targets. VOA Khmer's Sreng Leakhena narrates.

Cambodia Prepares for New Round of UN Development Goals

Cambodia has failed to meet a number of UN Millennium Development Goals, which were set out years ago and aimed at halving global poverty.

Adviser To Hun Sen Meets With Villagers in Koh Kong Land Dispute

Villagers in Koh Kong province are locked in a land dispute with a Chinese company as it tries to build a tourist hub worth billions of dollars.

Video Cambodia Makes Progress Curbing Bear Trade

The Phnom Tamao Wildlife Center holds more than 130 bears: moon bears, also known as Asiatic Black Bears, and smaller sun bears.

The Struggle to Preserve Indigenous Culture in Mondulkiri

Development worker talks about his efforts to preserve ethnic minority cultures and sow the seeds for sustainable development in the mountainous province.

Cambodia’s Royal Turtle Back From the Brink of Extinction

Since 2000, the Wildlife Conservation Society breeding program has successfully reared in captivity and released 146 of the rare creatures.

Video Cambodia Makes Progress Curbing Bear Trade

Cambodia’s wild bears are under unprecedented pressure. Their native forests are being cut down at record rates, and China's huge demand for traditional medicine has made them targets. But experts say Cambodia's conservation efforts are setting an example that has put it well ahead of its neighbors

Environmentalists Issue Warning on Mekong Biodiversity

Scientists say decades of economic development, hydropower-dam construction, lax law enforcement and trafficking have taken their toll.

Photogallery Authorities Issue Eviction Order of Historic ‘White Building’

The so-called White Building was designed and built in the 1960s, when Cambodia enjoyed an architectural renaissance, but in the years since, it has become run-down.

Painting Exhibition Addresses Desire, Consumption and the Environment

The exhibit called "Consuming Passion", which opened June 25 at the Plantation Hotel, in Phnom Penh, contains a total of 20 paintings.

Groups Call for Halt on Construction of Major Dam in Laos

Critics of the dam, including downstream countries and many NGOs, say they want better environmental assessments of its potential impacts.

EU Rep Says Community Foresters Can Help Against Global Warming

EU Ambassador Jean Francois Cautain said the Cambodian government should allow local communities to protect the last 2 million hectares of the country’s forest.

Cambodian Officials Awaiting Official Invite for Border Meeting

Thai media said last week officials there want to discussed stricter measures to crack down on the felling of rosewood timber along the border.

Spanish Activist Urges More Action for Environment

Gonzalez Davidson said he has been working outside Cambodia now to continue the campaign to save the valley, but he would also like to one day return to Cambodia.

Video Expelled Environmentalist Remains Optimistic About Mother Nature Cambodia

Spanish outspoken environmentalist Alex Gonzalez has expressed his hope that some of those who visit Areng Valley will become activists to protect Cambodia’s remaining natural resources.

Vietnamese Farmers Block Highway to Protest Pollution

In latest of several environmental protests, farmers decry dredging that pollutes bay whose marine life their livelihoods depend on.

With New Road Comes Development—and New Worries

Villagers living in Pech Chreada say the road could ruin their livelihoods and are upset that they were not informed of the project.

Photogallery Smooth Road Paves Way for Tourists in Remote Cambodian Province

Mondulkiri province, bordering Vietnam in northeastern Cambodia, is known these days as a good place to trek.

Photogallery Smooth Road Means More Tourism for Remote Province

Mondulkiri province, in northeastern Cambodia, is known these days as a good place to trek, where wildlife and waterfalls make for good scenery, amid forested mountains of red clay, and where indigenous hill tribes still live a traditional way of life.

Photogallery Smooth Road Means More Tourism for Remote Province

Mondulkiri province is known as a good place to trek, where wildlife and waterfalls make for good scenery, amid forested mountains of red clay, and where indigenous hill tribes still live a traditional way of life.

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

At least seven different indigenous groups in Ratanakiri depend mainly on forest products for their survival, say they face loss of their land, traditional way of life.

Cambodia Publicly Endorses China Position on South China Sea

Prime Minister Hun Sen says issue should be solved only by nations directly affected by the disputes - as Philippines, Vietnam seek multi-lateral approach.

Overfishing Opponent Wins Environmental Prize

Catch shares set a maximum amount of fish that can be caught in a region, then divide the allowed catch among fishermen.

Video A Land Victim Lost Land And Leg

Indigenous communities in Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life.

Video Annual Haze Affects Health, Economy in Chiang Mai

Air quality is a problem every year caused by excessive field-burning in the region during the dry season - though this year’s smoke arrived early.

Smog Documentary Goes Viral in China

Video by former state media investigative journalist about smog’s health impact comes days before country hosts top level meetings in Beijing.

Activist Advises Vigilance Over the Areng Valley

Alex Gonzalez-Davidson says he holds little hope the government will refrain from building a hydroelectric dam in the Areng Valley of Koh Kong province.

Photogallery Photographer Captures Cambodia’s Rapid Changes

The book, Transitioning Cambodia, is ‘a historical documentation’ of contemporary change in Cambodia. Photographer Nicholas Axelrod is a founding member of Ruom, a visual journalist collective in Cambodia.

Singapore Air Pollution Poses Foreign Policy Dilemma

Pollution from fires in nearby countries raise question: What rights does a nation have when other countries make decisions that harm it?

Video Critics Fear Effects of Laotian Dam Project

Laos wants dam for economic development, but fishermen, civil society groups, communities in countries all along Mekong River oppose project.

Video Lao Dam Project Flows Into Opposition

A Lao dam project on a section of the Mekong River is drawing opposition from local fishermen, international environmental groups and neighboring countries. VOA's Say Mony visited the region to investigate the concerns.

No Response From King in Case of Embattled Environmentalist

Alex Gonzalez-Davidson has been requested to leave by Cambodian authorities, who have seized his passport and say they will not renew his visa, which expires Friday

40th Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Takeover

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Border Committee Says Official Maps Remain Legitimatei
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20 August 2015
Having reviewed a number of map’s from the UN, Cambodian officials announced Thursday that the map Cambodia currently uses for border demarcation and negotiation is legitimate. The new claim casts doubt on accusations from critics that the government is using outdated maps that make it easier for Vietnam to encroach on Cambodian territory. Var Kimhong, head of the Cambodian Border Committee, said he had reviewed 18 maps, one by one, which show “the map being used for border demarcation with Vietnam is the same.” He called for an end to false claims about other maps that might be used and for critics to “let the border committee work freely.” VOA Khmer's Neou Vannarin has the report from Phnom Penh,Cambodia.

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