Cutting Down Rainforests Increases Child Deaths

The loss of forests increases child health issues worldwide, new study shows. Researchers at the National University of Singapore has shown that deforestation is associated with a higher risk of diarrhea, respiratory infections and fever among children. Diseases that in worst case can cause child deaths. The researchers surveyed about 35,500 households in roughly 1,700 … Read More

New Study Shows Cutting Down Rainforests Causes Droughts

A new NASA study (link) shows that rainforests are not only crucial in absorbing carbon dioxide, but also in making rainfalls of global importance.  Using satellite data measurements, the new study presents evidence that the Southern Amazon rainforest triggers its own rainy seasons; when water vapor evaporates from the plants of forest, rain clouds builds … Read More

National Forum 2017

Cash for community forests, zero tolerance for illegal loggers and support for wildlife. These were the promises towards forest communities such as the Prey Lang Community Network made by Prime Minister Hun Sen last week. The promises were made during the National Forum on Protection and Conservation for Natural Resources held for the second time. … Read More

Citizen Journalism Workshop

Twelve members of the Prey Lang Community Network travelled last week deep into the forest to participate in a Citizen Journalism workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to train PLCN members to make short videos about their work and the forest for social media. In the training, the participants learned how to film and … Read More

1 year after the attack on Sopheak, what has happend?

It’s been a year since the young activist Phorn Sopheak was attacked, while she was on patrol in the Prey Lang forest. Sleeping in her hammock during the night, she was attacked by an unknown offender with an axe. Her foot was seriously injured. Today, she is still struggling with the after-effects of the attack. … Read More

Orange Colors over Prey Lang

For a few days in February the Prey Lang forest was covered in the orange colors of Cambodian Buddhist monks. 350 people – including Prey Lang Community Network members, monks from the Independent Monk Network, youth from Phnom Penh, and representatives from authorities – took the orange colors into the forest at a two-day ceremony … Read More

Members of local environmental NGO arrested for illegal logging

Police in Kratie province has caught 8 people involved in illegal logging of luxury timber. Out of them 5 has been identified as members of local NGO “Cambodian Citizens’ Rights and Environment Protection Organization”. The 8 arrested has been charged with illegal logging in protected areas and hauling timber without permission. Red the full article … Read More

Ministry of Environment suggests ban on import of chainsaws

Acknowledging the on-going illegal logging problems, the Ministry of Environment has put forth a suggestion asking for a ban on the import of Chainsaws. The Finance Ministry replied that it will conduct a investigation into the issue and impose the ban if they find that chainsaws are indeed the cause of the illegal logging. Read … Read More

PLCN urges ministries to protect the forests

At a forum on protecting and concerving natural ressources with 300 attending, including the Environmental minister Say Samal, the PLCN brought forth testimonies of the illegal activities still going on in Cambodia, urging the ministries to improve the efforts to protect the forests of Cambodia. Read the full article at Khmer Times

Stop the cut with a tree selfie

In November and December 2016, PLCN and friends took selfies with trees to show their support for a future with forests. The selfies are a collective plea to the Cambodian government to stop the cut of the Prey Lang. With selfies, hashtags and short statements we asked the Cambodian authorities to work for 60 % … Read More

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