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Coal-powered developments threaten Cambodia’s largest national park

Within a protected area covered by a patchwork of plantations, Cambodian officials are making space for yet another industrial zone, and a new coal-fired power plant

‘Mangroves are life’: the female conservationists rewilding the Cambodian coast

Mangrove forests have disappeared at an alarming rate in Cambodia, where climate-conscious women are trying to turn the tide.

Is there such a thing as a ‘green’ SEZ in Cambodia?

By definition, special economic zones are not green. Yet Cambodia, now overrun by foreign-financed SEZs, is trying to rewrite the concept. Success remains elusive.

Cambodians displaced by dam struggle to retain their identity

Villagers who had to leave homes flooded in 2017 by the Lower Sesan 2 dam have seen their culture and livelihoods eroded.

The missing variable: How climate change is affecting Cambodian fish harvesters (video)

Sometimes scientists come up empty. The phenomenon they thought they'd find simply doesn't seem to exist.

Environmental activists convicted in Cambodia for planning “one-woman walk”

Five members of the environmental group Mother Nature were convicted on May 5 in Cambodia on charges of “incitement to commit a felony or disturb social order.”

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.

Cambodia’s Coal Power Addiction Must End

Our people have already felt the impacts of the climate crisis— so a recalculation of energy policies is necessary for Cambodia now as the worst is yet to come.

Jailed, in hiding, expelled: Cambodia’s Mother Nature crackdown

NGO that forced government into U-turn over controversial dam latest target of deepening crackdown on dissent.

Cambodian farmers can no longer rely on the Tonle Sap lake

The seasonal flooding of Asia’s largest freshwater lake is being disrupted by upstream dams and climate change – and affecting 4.8 million people.

Chinese Energy Investment in Cambodia: Fuelling Industrialisation or Undermining Development Goals?

In early 2020, Cambodian authorities fast-tracked approval of two new coal plants. Soon after, they also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Lao Government committing to purchase energy imports from two proposed coal plants in southern Laos.

Cambodia jails environmental activists for ‘incitement’

Human rights watchdog CIVICUS demands the immediate release of the Mother Nature Cambodia campaigners.

Trio of Cambodian Youth Imprisoned for Environmental Activism

In recent years, the environmental group Mother Nature has become a major irritant for Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government.

Cambodia convicts 5 environmentalists over plan to march to PM’s home

A Cambodian court sentenced five environmental activists for up to 20 months in jail on Wednesday for incitement to commit crimes, over their attempts to organise a march to the prime minister's residence to protest the filling-in of a city lake.

Cambodian youths jailed over environmental activism

A Cambodian judge jailed three youth activists on Wednesday, saying their efforts to raise awareness about environmental issues in the country amounted to "incitement."

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.

How women in Cambodia’s floating villages are adapting to climate change

A project to empower women in Cambodia is helping vulnerable communities adapt to the climate crisis.

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.

Youth initiative in Cambodia reduces soil erosion during floods

In 2019, a group of young adolescents in the Cambodian village of Okcheay set out to plant trees along a patch of road to improve air quality and provide shelter from the heat. At the time, they could not have anticipated that this section of the road would be protected from severe erosion during the floods which came a year later.

Cambodia’s Prey Lang: how not to protect a vital forest

Authorities have failed to curb illegal logging and instead are cracking down on indigenous groups working to protect the forest.

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