Saturday, August 8, 2020

Environment

Cambodia’s silent wildlife slaughter for bushmeat risks zoonotic crossovers (video)

A recent World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for Nature Cambodia report has documented the alarming rate of wildlife slaughter for the illicit bushmeat trade, raising concerns of the risk of a home-grown zoonotic crossover event similar to one theory of how the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak began.

$100 Million Climate-Resilient Road Project to Improve Access to Basic Services, Economic Opportunities

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a $100 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA) for the Cambodia Road Connectivity Improvement Project.

Activist Dead, Another Beaten While Raising Alarm Over Alleged Logging

One forestry activist was beaten and another died after he was injured in a motorbike crash while both had been investigating illegal timber transportation in two separate incidents in which the activists had attempted to confront those they accused of forestry crimes.

Gov’t Statistics Show Mekong Water Levels Are Precariously Low

Government data released on July 17 showed water levels in the Mekong River are lower than at this time last year, on account of poor rainfall along the mainstream in Cambodia, with others pointing to hydropower dams in China and Laos.

Chinese Intentions Towards the Mekong River and Mainland South-East Asia

The Mekong River is one of the most threatened rivers in the world, largely due to the rapid increase in the number of large operational hydropower dams.

Praying for Rain by the Mekong as Monsoon Season Begins

Its effects are being felt in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and here in Cambodia where rainfall has been way short of expectations.

COVID-19 opens a can of worms for fisherwomen in Cambodia

“I’m used to hearing the sound of laughter every morning as my customers come to buy fish,” says 37-year-old Huon Tim. “But it’s very quiet these days in the village.”

Snares empty forests in Lao, Cambodia and Vietnam

Following the release of a report last week highlighting the devastating impact of snares on wildlife across Southeast Asia, the World Wildlife Fund has called on governments in the region to up their efforts to catch and punish perpetrators.

WWF: 234,291 snares removed in Cambodia in last decade; helps wildlife population

A total of 234,291 snares had been removed from five protected areas in Cambodia between 2010 and 2019, said a World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Cambodia's press statement on Saturday.

Capital’s Largest Lake to Lose Over 500 Hectares to State, Private Sector

More than 500 hectares, or about 16 percent, of Boeng Tamok, a natural lake in the northwest of Phnom Penh that is key for flood protection, is slated to be filled in and siphoned off to state institutions and private developers, government documents show.

Cambodia: Pagoda shows the way to sustainable green living

A survey by the Ministry of Religions and Cults in 2018 says there are about 4,932 pagodas in Cambodia, including 563 ancient temples. There are also 68,654 monks who rely on donations and the collection of alms each day for their sustenance.

Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam alarmed by Laos project

Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam have urged Laos to better assess transboundary impacts, and strengthen proposed measures to reduce any negative effect as it moves ahead with the construction of a dam.

Cambodia: Laos dam project raises concerns

Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam have urged Laos to better assess the trans-boundary impacts and strengthen proposed measures to reduce any negative impacts as the 1,460MW Luang Prabang hydropower project moves forward.

Lao dam project sparks environmental concerns

The latest dam project set for the Mekong River this year, spearheaded by the Lao government in Luang Prabang province, has renewed fears among other countries through which the river passes of the effect such structures have on the surrounding environment.

Conservationist group calls for law enforcement to save Cambodia’s endangered fish from extinction

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on Thursday called for rigorous law enforcement to save Cambodia's endangered freshwater fish from extinction.

Why are there roving gibbons and hornbills in Phnom Penh?

Today, you'd be lucky to spot a gibbon in the Cambodian jungle, but in the capital, a trip to Toul Tumpoung should do the trick. These primates, along with a flock of hornbills, are often seen walking the power lines of this Phnom Penh suburb, for a rather peculiar reason.

Researchers discover unknown consumer base for unsustainable bear product use

In their efforts to better understand ongoing wildlife trafficking and the dynamics of unsustainable bear product use by consumers in Cambodia, a team of researchers led by San Diego Zoo Global made an unexpected discovery: the use of bear bile and body parts in traditional remedies consumed by new and pregnant mothers.

‘Worse Than Covid-19’: Kampong Cham Farmers Fear Impact of Droughts

With a half hectare of land in Batheay district’s Troap commune, 55-year-old farmer Hing Heng can usually grow rice for his family and raise about 4,000 ducks to sell their eggs for profit.

Gov’t, USAID Criticized for Inaction Over Severe Forest Loss at Prey Lang Sanctuary

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen released an open letter Thursday reporting a 73 percent increase in deforestation in 2019 at the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary, compared to 2018, while criticizing the government’s ban on certain patrolling operations.

Prey Lang Lost 7,500 Hectares of Forest Cover Last Year, Satellites Show

Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary lost a record-breaking amount of tree cover last year, shedding patches of forest larger than the size of Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium football pitch for every hour of 2019, data compiled from satellite images shows.

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The art of the brew: The story behind Cambodia’s first nanobrewery

Flowers Nanobrewery isn’t trying to break the Angkor monopoly on the Cambodian beer market, but the one-man, Japanese-run nanobrewery in Kampot is trying to preserve its distinct craft beer creations and identity.