License to Log: Cambodian military facilitates logging on Koh Kong Krao and across the Cardamoms

KOH KONG, Cambodia — “I think there’s a 30% chance we’ll have trouble with the police,” said Ly Chandaravuth, an environmental activist with the outlawed group Mother Nature Cambodia. This was in August 2022, when Mother Nature Cambodia was planning a trip to Koh Kong Krao, ...

Gerald Flynn

Wildlife charity land dispute rumbles on

Villagers representing 200 families embroiled in a land dispute with a wildlife charity have written to Koh Kong provincial hall asking for permission to farm on 500 hectares near where they live. The residents were awarded land certificates for their homes in Thma Baing district ...

Illegal meat confiscated

Koh Kong provincial authorities, in collaboration with the Wildlife Alliance, on Tuesday confiscated 50 kilos of illegal game meat as well as several wild animals that were still alive. The animals were released in Botum Sakor National Park while the confiscated meat was buried. Agriculture ...

Pestech awarded $100M transmission line contract

Malaysian-owned power infrastructure provider Pestech (Cambodia) Ltd has been awarded a contract to build a 230-kilovolt transmission line valued at $100 million to connect Koh Kong province’s Stung Tatai hydropower dam to Phnom Penh, according to a filing on the Malaysian stock exchange. The deal, ...

Families back sugar land deal

Families in Koh Kong province’s Sre Ambel and Botum Sakor districts have agreed to accept land and $2,500 per family in a compromise with the Land Ministry to end their land dispute with sugar cane plantation companies. However, they have asked the ministry to speed ...

Koh Kong SEZ supports vehicle giants in Thailand

The Koh Kong Special Economic Zone located just two kilometers from Thailand’s Trat province provides jobs to around 9,000 workers. Thitidej Tongpatana, a Thai national who is vice president of Koh Kong SEZ, recently spoke to Khmer Times’ Chea Vannak on the special economic zone’s ...

Official shares locals’ concerns of dredging

The appearance of an excavator, machine parts and metal structures on islands in the Tatai River in Koh Kong province has aroused suspicions among local conservationists that a company intends to launch a sand-dredging operation in the Tatai Wildlife Sanctuary – a suspicion shared by ...

Toshiba to build power plant

The Cambodian government has awarded Japanese-owned Toshiba Plant Systems & Services Corporation the concession to construct a coal-fired power generation project in Preah Sihanouk province. Prime Minister Hun Sen, who signed the agreement on February 17, said the new power plant would address the energy deficiency ...

Cabinet approves power projects

The Cabinet of ministers approved on February 17 two electricity development projects in a bid to address the increasing demand for electricity in the kingdom. The two projects will be a 230-kilowatt transit grid development project from the Ta Tei dam in Koh Kong province as well ...

Illegal fishing blamed for protected turtle death

An adult female royal turtle, among 21 of the endangered species released into the wild with installed microchips and GPS transmitters in 2015, has been found dead due to illegal electrofishing in Koh Kong province’s Sre Ambel district. According to the Wildlife Conservation Society on February ...

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