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A buffer zone for Thailand, last great hope for wildlife in Southeast Asia (commentary)

Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam form a kind of buffer zone around Thailand against the onslaught of the illegal wildlife trade that has engulfed Southeast Asia’s forests.

Outrage as Cambodian court convicts activists for inciting ‘social chaos’

On May 5, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court convicted and sentenced five activists from the environmental group Mother Nature Cambodia: Long Kunthea, Phuon Keoraksmey, Thun Ratha, Chea Kunthin and Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson.

Casinos, condos and sugar cane: How a Cambodian national park is being sold down...

Botum Sakor National Park in southern Cambodia has lost at least 30,000 hectares of forest over the past three decades.

Deforestation ramps up in Cambodia’s Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary

The forests of Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary boast a plethora of wildlife – including several endangered and recently described species. But the habitat these animals depend on is disappearing, with 32% of Keo Seima’s primary forest cleared over past 20 years.

Cambodia puts its arduous titling process for Indigenous land up for review

Since 2009, Cambodia has had a legal process by which Indigenous communities can obtain legal title to their traditional land. Of around 455 Indigenous communities in Cambodia, 33 have been granted land titles.

‘What other country would do this to its people?’ Cambodian land grab victims seek...

As recently as June last year, the World Bank announced another $93 million would go to fund the third phase of its land tenure project in Cambodia, despite mounting allegations of abuse within the system that has led critics to accuse the World Bank of being complicit in land grabbing and the environmental damage it has caused.

Cambodians fight the ‘cancer’ eating away at Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary

Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in eastern Cambodia and is home to some of the country’s last large tracts of old-growth rainforest, as well as endangered wildlife and Indigenous communities.

‘A disgrace’: Luxury housing plans threaten Cambodia’s Bokor National Park

Bokor National Park, also known as Preah Monivong Bokor National Park, sits on the southern coast of Cambodia and is a refuge for many threatened plants and animals, as well as a popular tourist site.

Cambodian environmental activists reportedly arrested

Kratie provincial environment officers have reportedly arrested prominent environmental activist Ouch Leng along with Heng Sros, Men Math, Heng Run and Choup Cheang.

Alleged gov’t-linked land grabs threaten Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains

The Cardamom Mountains sit off the Gulf of Thailand in southern Cambodia and provide important habitat for a multitude of plant and animal species, many of them already threatened with extinction.

Under cover of COVID-19, loggers plunder Cambodian wildlife sanctuary

Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in Cambodia has lost almost a fifth of its forest cover since 2010, largely to agricultural expansion, illegal logging, and land grabbing.

In Cambodia, a sweeping new environment code languishes in legal limbo

Deforestation, illegal sand mining and other environmental problems are rampant in Cambodia, which has lost nearly a quarter of its tree cover since 2000.

Vietnamese agribusiness firm HAGL accused of clearing indigenous land in Cambodia

HAGL, a publicly listed Vietnamese agribusiness giant, is at the center of allegations it illegally cleared land in Cambodia that was earmarked for local indigenous communities.

‘They never intended to conserve it’: Outcry as loggers gut Cambodian reserve

Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary, which stretches across five provinces in northern Cambodia, contains one of the region’s last remaining large areas of old growth rainforest.

Cambodian firm accused of creating a ‘monopoly in the timber business’

A surge in deforestation alerts from Cambodia’s Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary has raised concerns over the role of a controversial, politically-connected timber firm in illegal logging.

Poachers kill 3 near-extinct giant ibises amid pandemic pressure in Cambodia

A recent poaching incident in Cambodia’s northern plains took the lives of three giant ibises, a critically endangered bird species. There’s been an upsurge in poaching, deforestation and other destructive activities in Cambodia and other Southeast Asian countries since the start of the COVID-19 crisis.

Goldman Prize-winning Cambodian activist arrested, released in Cambodia

Leading Cambodian forest defender Ouch Leng and three others were arrested in mid-March and questioned after a South Korean company they accuse of illegal logging filed a complaint with the police.

Smaller fragments of forest at risk of greater levels of deforestation, study finds

Tropical forest areas made smaller by land use and roads lost more than 11% tree cover every year over an 18-year period.

From scorpion skewers to cricket flour, bug protein is becoming big business

In Southeast Asia and elsewhere, insects have long been an integral part of the human diet, and nowadays scorpions can be ordered on skewers, while ants fill spring rolls and silkworms star in croquettes.

Cambodian “bat man” bolsters the fight against dengue fever

Climate change puts over half the world’s population at risk of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever, and bats may be able to help.