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A sambar deer captured on a camera trap in Phnom Tamao's forested area.

Forest for the Trees: Minister’s Letter Skips Over Phnom Tamao Forest Loss

Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon assured animal welfare NGO Wildlife Alliance that an animal rescue center at Phnom Tamao will remain untouched, but did not address the potential destruction of hundreds of hectares of protected forest around it through the planned privatization of land.

Loggers cutting down protected forest in Kampong Speu's Metta forest, edging closer to a pagoda with a nature-loving monk.

Soldiers’ Forest Clearing Approaches Nature-Loving Monk’s Pagoda

Monks and villagers say that a group of people purportedly hired by the military to cut down Kampong Speu’s Metta forest are continuing to destroy a densely forested area full of wildlife, and are now only about 200 meters from a pagoda inhabited by a nature-protecting monk.

Daun Penh district security guards and activists clash in Phnom Penh on April 26, 2022. (Meng Kroypunlok/VOD)

Officials Block Chut Wutty Memorial Bicycle Ride

Five people from three activist groups were prevented from riding bicycles in Phnom Penh on Tuesday to commemorate the 10th death anniversary of prominent environmentalist Chut Wutty.