Environment

US pulls Cambodia wildlife sanctuary funding

The US Embassy in Phnom Penh says it has spent more than $100 million to combat deforestation in the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary. But illegal activities continue apace.

US-Cambodia tensions grow as USAID cuts forest protection project

Illegal logging by well-connected companies reportedly accelerating despite denials.

Hundreds evicted from Cambodian floating villages

Most are ethnic Vietnamese with nowhere to go as borders remain closed amid the pandemic.

Interview: Pou Sothirak on protecting the Mekong and powering Cambodia

Cambodian academic and former politician Pou Sothirak talks about conservation, safeguarding the Mekong and Cambodia’s potential to transition to solar energy.

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.

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."

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