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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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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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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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Nut Menghor Has Spent Over 10 Years Researching Wildlife in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary

Wildlife research and monitoring is a very difficult task and always presents challenges, but due to his commitment and dedication to conservation, Nut Menghor has spent more than 10 years researching key wildlife species in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, Mondulkiri province, providing important information to protected area managers.

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Sarus Cranes return to the Northern Tonle Sap Protected Landscape

These are the first of at least 50 Sarus Cranes that return to the site every year, making the NTSPL a critical habitat for Sarus Crane, as well as the most important breeding site for the Critically Endangered Bengal Florican.

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Stakeholders Worked Together to Verify Locations for Wildlife Sanctuary Demarcation

Without clear demarcation, land grabbing, illegal logging and agricultural expansion by migrants is a constant danger.

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Over One Hundred Sarus Cranes Return to Ang Trapeang Thmor Protected Landscape

One hundred and fifteen Sarus Cranes have returned to Ang Trapeang Thmor Protected Landscape (ATTPL) in Banteay Meanchey province for feeding after their breeding season is over.

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Endangered Turtles Were Rescued and Released Into the Wild

Ten Vulnerable Malayan Snail-eating Turtles and an Endangered Yellow-headed Temple Turtle  were rescued in Prek Toal Core Area and Ramsar Site.

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White-shouldered Ibis Nests Located in the Northern Plains

So far this year, three nests of the Critically Endangered White-shouldered Ibis (Pseudibis davisoni) have been located in Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary, of the Northern Plains of Cambodia.

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Five Community Protected Areas Are Established

Recognising the important role of those forest resources for wildlife protection and local livelihoods, MoE issued five PRAKAS on 09th December 2016 establishing those five forest areas as Community Protected Areas (CPAs)(total of more than 8,400 ha).

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Cambodia’s Sam Veasna Center Wins World Responsible Tourism Awards 2016

Sam Veasna Center (SVC) has been named the Gold Winner in the ‘Best Contribution to Wildlife Conservation’ Category at the 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Combating Wildlife Crime in Cambodia

Combating Wildlife Crime in Cambodia

WCS announced today the completion of a training course for twenty government staff members, including protected area directors, law enforcement team leaders and advisors on law enforcement, as part of its support to counter-wildlife trafficking work in Cambodia.

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Twenty-five Cambodia’s Royal Turtles Headed to Wildlife Conservation Center in Siem Reap

Twenty-five Royal Turtles have settled into their new home at the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) in Siem Reap. This move creates a second captive population after 206 turtles were moved to the Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Centre in Mondul Seima district of Koh Kong Province in September.

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More Than 200 of Cambodia’s Royal Turtles Headed to New Center in Koh Kong

WCS in partnership with the Fisheries Administration (FiA) announced today that it is transferring 206 of Cambodia’s national reptiles—known as  Royal Turtles—to a new purpose-built breeding and conservation center in Mondol Seima district of Koh Kong province. The new facility will be named the Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Centre.

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A new and standardised facility for the IUCN Critically Endangered Royal turtles
This facility will be serving for both breeding sanctuary and tourist attraction in the long run. 

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NGOs Support Royal Government of Cambodia to Designate Almost One Million Hectares of New Protected Areas
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Wildlife Alliance (WA), BirdLife International, Conservation International (CI), Flora and Fauna International (FFI) and The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) have expressed their strong support for the Royal Government of Cambodia’s (RGC) decision through Ministry of Environment (MoE) to designate almost one million hectares of new protected areas in Prey Lang, Kravanh Khang Tbong, Prey Preah Roka, Prey Siem Pang Khang Lech and Prey Veunasai.

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Cambodia’s Royal Turtle Facing Increased Threats to Survival

Listed on IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as Critically Endangered – the highest threat level - the Royal Turtle is one of the world’s 25 most endangered tortoises and freshwater turtles. The Royal Turtle is so named because in historical times only the Royal Family could consume its eggs. Until now, the species has been designated as Cambodia’s National Reptile by Royal Decree issue on 21 March 2005. 

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Villagers begin timber inventory on pioneering community forestry project
Community forestry groups recently began an inventory of timber and other forest resources in the buffer zone of the Seima

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Law Enforcement Training

Law Enforcement Training
WCS facilitated two law enforcement training courses in Cambodia during

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