Alleged Mother Nature Zoom meeting posted as “evidence” of royal insult

The three Mother Nature activists arrive at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for questioning, June 19, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

A video clip purportedly taken from an online Zoom meeting between Mother Nature environmental group co-founder Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson and a number of environmental activists has been posted on social media as supposed evidence that the activists were guilty of insulting the nation’s king. The arrest of four environmental activists of plotting and insulting the king has been criticised by a number of foreign embassies and civil society groups.

Illegal logging continues in protected areas despite COVID-19 restrictions

Community members measure an illegally cut tree in the Prey Preah Roka sanctuary on March 2021. CYN

Despite the ongoing government efforts to fight amid COVID-19, some workers are still moving freely in restricted areas. Those would be illegal loggers, whom environmental activists say have remained active in Prey Preah Roka Wildlife Sanctuary in Preah Vihear province. Though activists say the forest is under threat, government officials have denied illicit logging is […]

Kratie’s indigenous community fear losing forest amid large-scale land grab

Cassava plants on an illegal cleared portion of the Phnom Ses community forest in Kratie province's Sambo district. Photo taken in October 2020. CYN

Nearly half of an indigenous community forest in Kratie province has been destroyed and cleared by unknown groups and locals accuse provincial authorities of failing to stop the encroachment.