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Cambodia’s Ministries Come Together to Address Wildlife Trafficking
A first-ever milestone event brought together Cambodian officials and others today to discuss law enforcement options and responses to wildlife trafficking –an increasing threat to the world’s wildlife species.

In attendance at the meeting were representatives from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ministry of Interior, Military Police, Anti-Corruption Unit, the diplomatic sector, and conservation NGOs.

“This is the first time that all of the relevant ministries have met to discuss this important issue,” said Sarah Brook, Technical Advisor for Counter Wildlife Trafficking for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). “We are pleased with the results of the meeting; a number of important recommendations were made by the participants on how to strengthen law enforcement and on the legal and regulatory issues around wildlife crime. We hope that the results of the meeting will be taken up by the respective ministries and we are committed to continue working with the government on this issue,” Brook said.

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Over 150 Asian Giant Softshell Turtles Returns to the Wild
WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) in collaboration with Cambodia’s Fisheries Administration (FiA) and the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) released 150 Endangered Asian Giant Softshell Turtle hatchlings into their natural habitat along the Mekong River.
The hatchlings are part of a community protection program designed to increase the wild population of the species, and had been collected from nests that were guarded by local communities.

The Asian Giant Softshell Turtle (Pelochelys cantorii) is listed on the IUCN Red List as globally Endangered. It was thought extinct in the Cambodian portion of the Mekong River until re-discovery in 2007 in a 48-kilometer stretch of the river between Kratie and Stung Treng Provinces.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Celebrating Environment Day 2017

Celebrating Environment Day 2017
WCS joined the Ministry of Environment, non-governmental organizations and other 400 local students and community members to mark the celebration of World and National Environment Day 2017 at Kulen High School, Preah Vihear Province.

With this year’s theme of “connecting people to nature”, this awareness event was organized to urge all local stakeholders to engage in forest protection and biodiversity conservation that will significantly contribute to addressing climate change issues in the country.

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Posted in: Northern Plains



Poaching for Traditional Medicine a Threat to Colorful Primate’s Last Refuge
Two suspects have been sent to Mondulkiri Provincial Court after being arrested on suspicion of killing two Globally Endangered Black-shanked Douc Langur inside Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary (KSWS).

“Educating local communities is needed to encourage their participation in wildlife conservation. In addition, all Cambodian people can also play an important role in conserving our priceless wildlife from extinction by not purchasing or eating wild meat,” he added.

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Can Cambodia’s Rice Farmers and Bengal Floricans Co-exist?
Commercial dry-season rice cultivation in Cambodia’s Tonle Sap floodplain increasingly threatens the Critically Endangered Bengal Florican, a new study says. This and other threats put the species at high risk of extinction in the near future, unless it is managed appropriately.

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Khoeun Khea – Safeguarding Cambodia’s forest
Khoeun Khea, 19, lives in an isolated village in Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary (KPWS). In June 2016, Khoeun Khea came across a colony of 30 Lesser Adjutant nesting pairs whilst collecting resin in forest near his house. This is the second year the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has employed Khoeun Khea to protect the nests of globally threatened Lesser Adjutants in KPWS.

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Over 200 Local Community members in Tmatbouy village, Preah Vihear Joined the Cambodian Nature Film Screening
Fauna in Focus (FiF), a new environmental education and public awareness project, in collaboration with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) screened the Cambodian Nature Film in front more than 200 people, including Ministry of Environment’s Officials, local authorities, community members, teachers and young students at Tmatbouy Primary school in Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary, Preah Vihear Province.

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Posted in: Northern Plains



Wildlife Photographs in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary Confirms Site’s Importance for Conservation
Recent images from hidden cameras placed in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary (KSWS), in Kratie and Mondulkiri Provinces, have confirmed the protected area's ongoing importance for many of Cambodia's most charismatic species. Wildlife recorded include Asian Elephant, Guar, Banteng, Sambar, Wild Pig, Leopard Cat, Macaque species (Pig-tailed, Long-tailed and Stump-tailed), East Asian Porcupine, Large Indian Civet, Lesser Oriental Chevrotain, Green Peafowl, Germain's Peacock Pheasant and other wild birds.

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World Migratory Bird Day Celebration at Prek Toal
More than 250 participants from Ministry of Environment (MoE), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), local authorities and communities, teachers and students marked the celebration of the World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2017 at Prek Toal Core Area and Ramsar Site of the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve, Battambang Province.

This celebration highlighted the need for conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It called for support and involvement of local communities in conserving the birds that live in Prek Toal such as Spot-billed Pelican and Great Adjutant stork.

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Nine New Royal Turtle Hatchlings Taken to Conservation Center in Koh Kong
After being protected for three months, nine new hatchlings of Royal Turtle successfully hatched and were taken to Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Centre, Koh Kong Province, for feeding, raising and possibly breeding in the future.

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Posted in: Mangrove Terrapin



Annual Population Survey of the Critically Endangered Bengal Florican Completed
A research team consisting of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Ministry of Environment (MoE) has successfully completed the annual population survey of Bengal Florican at the Tonle Sap Floodplain Protected Landscape in Kampong Thom and Siem Reap Provinces.

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Sustainable Rice Platform Kompong Thom Trial Begins Second Year
Following promising results in the first year, WCS and SMP’s Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) field trial, with funding from Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), is beginning its activities for the second year, allowing local farmers to register to be member of SRP to increase their rice yields and get involved in environmental protection and wildlife conservation.

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Gibbon Habituation at Jahoo Gibbon Camp, Andoung Kralong Shows Positive Results
Habituation of Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon (Nomascus gabriellae) in the forest surrounding Jahoo Gibbon Camp—Andoung Kralong’s community-based ecotourism project inside Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary—is allowing tourists visiting the area a unique insight into the life of these primates.

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Posted in: Seima Forest



Yin Ry has spent more than 15 years to protect forests and wildlife in Tmatbouy ecotourism
“During the research, first I laughed at WCS’s Research team when I saw they were so happy when they saw Giant ibis because I thought it was normal and nothing surprised as I saw those giant ibis birds almost every day. But, they told me that those giant ibises are globally rare and Critically Endangered. It is great that they are living in Tmatbouy. I was so surprised to hear that information, and started thinking how to protect them from extinction,” he added.

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Posted in: Northern Plains



Group of Journalists Explore the Northern Plains of Cambodia
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment (MoE) was delighted to arrange a field trip for a group of 12 national journalists from six well-known media outlets to Kulen Promtep and Chhep Wildlife Sanctuaries within the Northern Plains Landscape, Preah Vihear province.

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Posted in: Northern Plains



 Camera Trap Confirmed Birds Using Bird Feeding Stations

Pictures from camera traps have confirmed that bar-bellied pitta (Hydrornis elliottii; popular with tourists), Siamese fireback (Lophura diardi), red jungle fowl (Gallus gallus), and emerald dove (Chalcophaps indica) are using the bird feeding stations in the forest surrounding Jahoo Gibbon Camp.

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Posted in: Seima Forest



Giant Ibis Nests located early in the Northern Plains

Three nests of the Critically Endangered Giant Ibis have already been located in Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary (KPWS) this year.

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Tun Sarorn has spent over 10 years taking care of captive Royal Turtles

Hundreds of thousands of people have heard of the Royal Turtle, Cambodia’s National Reptile, but not many are aware that Ms. Tun Sarorn has spent over 10 years taking caring for and feeding captive Royal Turtles.

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Posted in: Mangrove Terrapin



Great News for Lesser Adjutant Conservation in the Northern Plains of Cambodia

After being guarded by local community members for almost three months, 172 Lesser Adjutant chicks have been successfully protected in the Northern Plains, so far this nesting season.

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Posted in: Northern Plains



Illegal Electro-fishing Killing Royal Turtle

An adult female Royal Turtle was killed by illegal electro-fishing in the Sre Ambel area last week. The dead turtle, which is over 11 years old and weighs 9kg, was found dead along ​the Kaong River.

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