The Apsara National Authority (ANA) has denied allegations that it usurped land belonging to residents in Tani village of Banteay Srei district’s Run Ta Ek commune in order to create an eco-tourist attraction.
The gaur is an endangered species whose population is low. The animals are currently facing habitat loss and being hunted for meat and trade.
The project aims at mitigating the damages caused by natural disasters such as floods in wet season and droughts in dry season and increasing agricultural productivity for revitalisation of national and regional economic development.
Five years ago, the ICC’s prosecutor said she would consider environmental crimes. Now, environmentalists and human rights activists want her to deliver.
Around 230 families from three villages in Romtom commune of Preah Vihear province’s Rovieng district said they are worried about the continued encroachment on their farmland by three companies which have licences for gold mining and agricultural in the area.
With a $21 million budget, consultancy firm Tetra Tech is implementing the USAID-funded Greening Prey Lang Project alongside the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Conservation International. What has been one of the most visible attempts to conserve Prey Lang, however, appears to have done little to stop the ongoing destruction of the protected area.
According to Piseth, currently only 300m of Kep’s coastline is developed, which does not meet growing demand from tourists each year. The province’s coastline has a total length of nearly 27km.
A conservation official said that the Pea Raing Lake, which previously spanned 270 ha, had now been reduced by drought to a surface area of 30ha to 40ha and with a water depth below one metre in places.
Over the next few years Think Biotech has plans to plant more than 30,000 more hectares of trees – and then 120,000ha over the next five to 10 years.