preah vihear

Land Loss, Microfinance Debts Fuel Prey Preah Roka Destruction

Preah Vihear’s Prey Preah Roka Wildlife Sanctuary is dotted with clearings and fresh stumps. As a local patroller walks through the protected forest, he points out dozens of logged areas, many now being cultivated by local residents. Some say they were pushed out from plantation land or are struggling with debt.

A forestry official holds up confiscated dead geckos from containers that were confiscated in Siem Reap province, in a photo posted to Khieu Khanarith's Facebook page on August 17, 2021.

66 Kg of Trafficked Geckos Seized From Vehicle in Siem Reap

Nine-hundred-eighty-four geckos being shipped out of Preah Vihear province were rescued from a vehicle in Siem Reap, according to officials, who said they had cracked down on gecko trafficking before but didn’t know its purpose.

A patient screening point in the front of Royal Phnom Penh Hospital on July 28, 2020 (Matt Surrusco/VOD)

Two Schools Close in Wake of PM Assistant’s Preah Sihanouk Visit

Two schools have been closed in Preah Sihanouk province due to Covid-19 precautions after a prime ministerial assistant visited three coastal provinces over the weekend despite being a suspected contact of a visiting Hungarian foreign minister who tested positive after leaving the country last week.

Community rangers dispose of a poisoned giant ibis in Chheb Wildlife Sanctuary, Preah Vihear province on April 14, 2020. (Wildlife Conservation Society)

Can Domestic Tourism Save Local Economies and Forests?

The rise of domestic tourism offers a glimmer of hope for rural families struggling under the weight of the pandemic and economic crisis, but more work is needed before visits to Cambodia’s ecotourism areas can offer something special for local visitors, observers say.