Environment

Family of Slain Forest Activist Readies to Mark Seventh Anniversary of Killing

Wutty was in Koh Kong province with two journalists from the Cambodia Daily investigating alleged illegal logging by the company as it cleared land ahead of the construction of a hydropower dam.

Cambodians try out smartphones to track – and ease – climate woes

Yin Socheat, a 29-year-old Cambodian farmer, is immersed in her smartphone - but it isn’t the latest viral meme she’s looking at.

In Cambodia, giant turtles come back from the brink

Once believed to be extinct in Cambodia, Cantor’s giant soft-shell turtle is finally recovering.

Sand mining threatens ways of life, from Cambodia to Nigeria

A global building boom is driving a high demand for sand, and some of it is getting sourced from sensitive river systems that people rely on for traditional uses like fishing.

China-built hydropower project in Cambodia Guarantees the way home for fish

In early April in Sesan District of Stung Treng Province, Cambodia, the reservoir of Lower Sesan 2 Hydropower Station was sparkling with water merging with the azure sky.

Rare giant soft-shell turtle released into the wild

This is the Cantor’s giant soft-shell turtle. It’s an extremely rare species in Cambodia that can grow to be the size of a small sofa and live for more than a century.

Protected status secured for Cambodia’s Stung Sen wetlands

Thanks to the work of BirdLife International Cambodia Programme, the rich and biologically diverse Stung Sen wetland has been designated as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention, protecting the habitat of important species such as the Lesser Adjutant.

Villagers In Pursat Risk Losing Everything to Dam Development

The Cambodian government last week announced an 80-megawatt hydropower dam on the Anlong Krouch river, which flows to the town of Pursat.

Cambodia’s Government To Shut Down A Chinese-Owned Hotel, Suspect To Water Pollution

Overhead footage shot with a drone camera clearly shows a large stream of discolored water snaking through the beach behind the resort and spilling into the sea.

Cambodia is drowning in its waste, here’s how it can plug the plastic flow

Just like Thais, Cambodians have a deep-rooted relationship with plastic bags. It’s hard to break up with the clingy habit as it’s a convenience that’s unmatched by any other product.

How can Cambodia take on the mammoth task of fighting its illegal ivory trade?

This month’s discovery of trinkets carved from the tusks of extinct woolly mammoths is just the latest evidence that Cambodia is playing a growing role in the international illegal ivory trade.

The Youth, The Countryside, and The Future: Agri-Tech Centre in Cambodia

I write this from the once-lush rice fields of Northwest Cambodia. The region has just completed its rice harvest for the year, so the vistas are slightly beige with thick smoke in the air.

MRC awards green campaign winners to raise awareness of plastic pollution

A Phnom Penh resident was among the six winners of a green campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of disposing plastic waste in the river as the Mekong River Commission (MRC) on Friday commemorated the 24th anniversary of the signing of the agreement that led to its creation.

Cambodia steps up fight against climate change

Considered one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the effects of climate change, the Royal Government of Cambodia is taking major steps to improve its resilience and reduce its disaster risk with support from the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam cite concerns over Pak Lay dam project in Laos

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has raised concerns with Laos over the Pak Lay hydropower dam on the Mekong River.

Cambodia’s endangered river dolphins at highest population in 20 years

Once believed to number in the thousands, the dolphins of the Mekong River were devastated by war, hunting, and indiscriminate net fishing.

Building Boom Leaves Mark On Cambodian Beaches

The city of Sihanoukville was once a sleepy backwater known for pristine beaches. But now, scores of casinos and hotels are under construction, and many more are planned.

Chinese-built hydropower project has high responsibility to protect environment: Cambodian official

The Chinese-built Lower Sesan II Hydroelectric power station has high responsibility for social and environmental protection, a Cambodian environment official has said.

Angkor Wat moat drying ‘could affect foundations’

A historian has raised fears that the drought currently gripping Cambodia could affect the foundations of the Kingdom's globally renowned Angkor Wat, while the temple complex's Apsara Authority management has said that, while it was prepared, it was not expecting such a problem.

ACB: Forests and people intertwined for development

‘Forests and people are intertwined. Humans rely on forests for their basic needs: clean air, food, water and raw materials for medicine, shelter and clothing.” 

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Cambodian PM to pay working visit to Japan next week

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen will pay a working visit to Japan from May 29 to 31, according to a foreign ministry's statement on Saturday.