Environment

Cambodia charges environmentalists over royal insults, plotting against the government

A Cambodian court has charged four environmental activists with insulting the king and plotting against the government, an official said on Monday (Jun 21), after three of them were arrested for documenting waste run-off into a river.

Cambodian environmentalists charged with terrorism

Police allege the Mother Nature activists received terrorism financing from abroad to topple the government.

USAID Cuts Support to Flagship Forest Protection Project in Cambodia

The Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary has lost 9 percent of its forest to logging operations since 2016.

U.S. ends Cambodia aid programme over deforestation, arrests

The United States is ending a Cambodian aid programme aimed at protecting one its biggest wildlife sanctuaries, citing worsening deforestation and harassment of those who speak out about destruction of natural resources.

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.

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UN Security Council to meet on Friday over Myanmar crisis

Cambodia’s Asean envoy to Myanmar, Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, will attend the closed-door talks along with UN special envoy for Myanmar Noeleen Heyzer. The minister is expected to report on the controversial visit to Myanmar in early January by Cambodia’s strongman ruler Hun Sen.