Saturday, February 23, 2019

Environment

Cambodian Environmental Activist Demands Probe of Attempt on His Life

An environmental activist based in the Areng valley region of southwest Cambodia’s Koh Kong province on Tuesday urged authorities to launch an investigation into an attempt on his life over the weekend, saying he is no longer safe in his own home and expects his would-be killers will strike again.

Field notes from “Cambodia’s beating heart”

Nicknamed Cambodia’s “beating heart,” the vast Tonle Sap Lake is Southeast Asia’s largest. Now, the country is trying to stop the loss of its lifeblood: the fish that thrive in these waters.

Human disturbances threaten conservation of cave bats in Cambodia, study says

Researchers in a new study say visitor activities in caves in Cambodia pose challenges for conservation, noting that human disturbance is often detrimental to populations, which in turn take substantial time to recover from declines.

Fighting climate change with smart finance: Pakistan and Cambodia show the way in Asia

Two years ago, the world agreed that action to combat climate change was essential. However, now the problem is how to finance and realise the 170 individual country pledges made as part of the Paris agreement.

Documentary exposes horrific elephant torture in Cambodia

In the new documentary “Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story,” out Friday, American filmmaker Ashley Bell flies to Cambodia to discover the scary plight of Asian elephants, some of the largest animals on Earth, who are plagued by poachers and exploited in logging camps.

Is the EU complicit in the destruction of Cambodia’s forests?

Satellite imagery of Cambodia has rapidly turned from a lush green to a patchwork of muddy browns and yellows in the last 40 years. Almost all of the country’s once impressive rainforests have fallen victim to illegal logging.

Threatened Cambodia river dolphins making ‘historic’ rebound

The population of Cambodia's critically endangered river dolphin is growing for the first time in decades, conservationists said on Monday (April 23), hailing a major turnaround for the freshwater species.

Southeast Asian Nations Make Efforts to Reduce Plastic Waste, But They Are Still Not...

Pollution from discarded bags and bottles continues to plague Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar as they prepare for this year’s Earth Day.

In Cambodia, payments to protect an endangered bird are no simple matter

At the tip of a small sandbar jutting into the Mekong, four fishermen unfurl a net, half an eye on the old man lecturing them. In a gravelly voice, 64-year-old Meak Phoeurn informs the group that this is a conservation area, that there is a rare bird nearby and they better stay away from her eggs.

Cambodia: where saving the forests is a matter of life and death

"After the murders, not many people dared to go inside the jungle," Ouch Leng writes in an email.

More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Empty Nets Syndrome: How young fishing families on Cambodia’s Mekong are struggling to survive

Two weeks ago, shortly after it turned 2am, Sami’s boat rolled over on the waves of the Mekong river and tipped all of her possessions into the water—including Lydie, her newborn daughter. 'Just like that, she was gone,' the 16-year-old remembers.

Solar Surge Threatens Hydro Future on Mekong

Thousands of megawatts of wind and solar energy contracts in the Mekong region of Southeast Asia have been signed, seriously challenging the financial viability of major hydropower projects on the river, an energy expert told a water conference last week.

Drowning for Progress in Cambodia

Suddenly the road ends. The cart track disappears under the water. A vast lake stretches out in front of me. I have to transfer from a motorbike to a canoe. “Tuk laang,” my guide says coolly. “The water is rising.”

Cambodia to establish a new wildlife sanctuary

New wildlife sanctuary will be called Sangrukhavoan wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia

Mekong River Commission Warned on Development Impacts to the River

The four member countries of the Mekong River Commission today confronted predictions of social and environmental disaster if damming and other development projects in the region are allowed to proceed as planned.

In Cambodia, fears tarantula may go off the menu

While a plate piled high with hairy, palm-sized tarantulas is the stuff of nightmares for some, these garlic fried spiders are a coveted treat in Cambodia, where the only fear is that they may soon vanish due to deforestation and unchecked hunting.

Mekong Leaders Mostly Mum on Risks Tied to Intense Damming

Presented with "frightening" possibilities due to intense damming, the leaders of the Mekong River Commission member countries gave little sign Thursday they had heeded calls to rethink a fundamental water policy for the shared waterway, with the exception of Vietnam.

Are Chinese-funded dams on the Mekong River washing away Cambodian livelihoods?

Beijing’s spending on hydropower projects is welcomed by many poorer Southeast Asian countries, but it comes with a huge environmental and social cost, experts say

Cambodia unveils 1st water quality monitoring station with China’s aid

Cambodia inaugurated the first water quality monitoring station with China's aid on Monday near the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers in the Diamond Island town.

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Prime Minister Hun Sen announces free legal aid for garment workers

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced on Wednesday that factory workers will have access to legal representation free of charge once his volunteer group of his lawyers is established, while civil society groups say the government should instead improve labour law enforcement.

Cambodia 10 Years Ago

While much has changed, much remains the same.

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