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Oct 2

October 2, 2015

Radio: PLCN joins the “Life and Nature” program on Radio WMC 102 FM

On September 15th, the Prey Lang Community Network was invited onto the radio show “Life and Nature” (Radio WMC 102 FM). During the radio program PLCN took part in a round table talk, discussing the current situation of Prey Lang. The participants on the program were: Mr.Hoeun Sopheap, Prey Lang Core Group of Prey Lang Network from Kampong Thom province; Mr.Seng Sokheng, secretariat coordinator of Community Peace-building Network; and Dr. Keo Omalis, chief of wildlife and biodiversity department of Forestry Administration….

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Oct 1

October 1, 2015

Environmental Group Says ‘Inactive’ Government Has Failed Its Forests

Article published in VOA Khmer on September 29, 2015 By journalist Aun Chhengpor Editor’s note: The Prey Lang Community Network, which works to protect Cambodian forests, has been selected by UNDP for an Equator Prize, for outstanding community organizing. In an interview with VOA Khmer, the group’s spokesman, Seng Sok Heng, says the government is “inactive” in protecting Cambodian forests, some of the last rainforest in Southeast Asia. How was the Prey Lang Community Network selected for the prize? This…

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Sep 22

September 22, 2015

Press Release: Prey Lang activists win international UN prize

Forest activists from the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) have won the prestigious Equator Prize 2015. This was announced yesterday during a press conference at the United Nations’ head quarters in New York.   A local winner among nearly 1,500 global nominees! The Equator Prize 2015 is part of the Equator Initiative under the United Nations Development Programme. Out of 1,462 nominations from 126 countries, PLCN managed to make the difficult cut to become one of the 21 Equator Prize…

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Sep 9

September 9, 2015

Latest reports available in Khmer and English

The first two monitoring reports, The Current Status of Prey Lang, documenting cases of illegal logging and deforestation in the Prey Lang forest, were launched at a press release on August 24th. Download the reports via the links below or go to Media -> Readings to see all available reports. The Current Status of Prey Lang April 2015, English version (1.1 MB) April 2015, Khmer version (2 MB) April-July 2015, English version (1.6 MB) April-July 2015, Khmer version (2.1 MB)

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Sep 1

September 1, 2015

More than 2,000 forest crimes observed: group

The Prey Lang Community Network yesterday reported uncovering more than 2,000 cases of forestry crime so far this year in Prey Lang forest, where they say corrupt elites are decimating protected reserves with impunity. Speaking at a press conference in Phnom Penh, PLCN coordinator Seng Sokheng said the network had confiscated 49 chainsaws so far this year, as they identified 2,145 incidents of forest crime. “They [the loggers] are backed by powerful people, some of whom are high-ranking officials,” he…

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Aug 27

August 27, 2015

Press release August 24th, 2015

PREY LANG COMMUNITY NETWORK (PLCN) August 24th, 2015 PRESS RELEASE Forest Administration officials and members of the Prey Lang Community Network cooperate to combat illegal logging in Prey Lang forest. The spirit of cooperation is growing between the multiple stakeholders in the Prey Lang region. Community activists seized 11 chainsaws from illegal loggers while on one of their regular patrols in the core area of the Prey Lang forest earlier this month. Close cooperation between the Prey Lang Community Network…

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Apr 28

April 28, 2015

Report Implicates Officials in Prey Long Logging

BY AUN PHEAP | APRIL 28, 2015 Local and national government officials are complicit in the widespread illegal logging that continues to devastate the sprawling Prey Long forest in the country’s north, according to a report released Monday by the Prey Long Community Network. The 650,000-hectare forest straddles Preah Vihear, Kompong Thom, Kratie and Stung Treng provinces. Despite a draft sub-decree, which if adopted would officially give the forest protected status, it remains largely defenseless against loggers. Between April 2013 and January…

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Apr 28

April 28, 2015

Prey Lang network says authorities profit from illegal logging

Political and business elites have been directly involved in and profited from illegal logging in the Prey Lang forest in northern Cambodia, according to a new report from members of the Prey Lang Community Network. The 142-page study, titled Our Forest Remains Under Destruction and released yesterday, says law enforcement and forest management officials consistently fail to act in the face of illegal activity in the forest, for which they also lack concrete prevention measures. “The role played by authorities such as…

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Apr 6

April 6, 2015

Patrols restart in Prey Lang

Forest activists have seized at least 25 chainsaws and 53 cubic metres of alleged illegally felled timber in Prey Lang forest since community patrols began on Thursday, members of the activist network have said. Un Vien, a 43-year-old from Preah Vihear province, said the patrol he was with had confiscated 12 chainsaws and 10 cubic metres of timber, which the group intended to destroy. “When we checked the [product] code they were the same as ones we’d confiscated before,” he…

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Feb 22

February 22, 2015

Livelihoods destroyed as loggers move in

  In Cambodia’s forests, families face a stark choice: sell their resin trees for a paltry amount to local officials or have them stolen by loggers Kampong Thom province In Prey Lang, the discordant sound of chainsaws echoes through the forest. Inevitably, the high-pitched whine is followed by a crash as a once-towering trunk falls to the forest floor, robbing the remaining wildlife of habitat, and the local community of their way of life. More than 60,000 families, largely from…

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