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COVID-19 FUELING AN UPTICK IN POACHING: Three Critically Endangered Giant Ibis – Cambodia’s National Bird – Killed in Protected Area

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COVID-19 FUELING AN UPTICK IN POACHING: Three Critically Endangered Giant Ibis – Cambodia’s National Bird – Killed in Protected Area
(April 16, 2020) COVID-19 is giving poachers free reign – hurting species and hurting local economies. Less than 300 ibises now remain in the wild. In a single deliberate poisoning event, three Giant Ibis, equivalent to 1-2 percent of the global population, have been killed – part of a disturbing global trend where conservationists are noticing increases in hunting of protected species since the spread of coronavirus began to disrupt traditional economic and social systems in rural areas. The inciden...

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WCS is seeking comments on the Monitoring and Implementing Report of the Keo Seima REDD+ Project

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(March 12, 2020) The Keo Seima REDD+ project is undertaking its 3rd verification. During this process, the project is opening for public comment on the Monitoring and Implementing Report from March 2 to April 1, 2020. Please download the report via the link below:CCB_MON_REP_ENG_DRAFT_1650_01JAN2018_31DEC2019.pdf (English)CCB_MON_REP_KH_DRAFT_562_01JAN2018_31DEC2019.pdf (Khmer)Any comments can be made via VERRA website at https://vcsprojectdatabase.org/#/project_details/1650, or email to: cambodiainfo@...

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WCS provides assistance on a lion bone trafficking case

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WCS provides assistance on a lion bone trafficking case
(March 02, 2020) Untitled Document On 2nd March 2020, WCS met with representatives of Customs, Police, Forestry Administration, Phnom Penh Court and Wildlife Alliance, to discuss technical support to a case of suspected lion bone trafficking. The meeting followed a seizure of >280kg big cat bones made by the Ministry of Interior’s Counter-Counterfeit Committee, Ministry of Commerce, and Phnom Penh Customs in late December, which resulted in the arrest of two Vietnamese nationals in conn...

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Increase in Royal Turtle nests after ending sand dredging in the Sre Ambel River System of Fisheries Management and Conservation Area

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(February 12, 2020) Koh Kong (Feb 12, 2020) – As of January 2020, conservationists from the local communities, Fisheries Administration and WCS found three nests of Royal Turtle with a total of 51 eggs in the Sre Ambel River System. During the previous four years only one nest was found each year. This success comes after the release of the circular and Prakas (announcement) dated July 10, 2017 by the Ministry of Mines and Energy on the resolution to stop all sand dredging business along the Sre Ambel River S...

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Posted in: Mangrove Terrapin


20 Royal Turtles released into their natural habitat

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(January 10, 2020) Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the Department of Fisheries Conservation of Fisheries Administration, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, ​​in collaboration with Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), today released 20 Critically Endangered Royal Turtles (Batagur affinis) into the Sre Ambel River system in Dong Peng commune, Sre Ambel district of Koh Kong province. The release was made under a jointly funded project supported by the European Union (EU), WRS, Rainforest Trust, US Fo...

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Posted in: Mangrove Terrapin


Raising awareness of wildlife trafficking

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Raising awareness of wildlife trafficking
(July 23, 2019) Untitled Document In July 2019 WCS in collaboration with the Club of Cambodian Journalists, organized a workshop on "the role of the media in responding to the wildlife trafficking”, to increase the interest of journalists and the coverage of wildlife trafficking issues in the Cambodian media. Seventy-nine Cambodian journalists participated and national media (print, online and tv) covered the event. The workshop was funded by the UK Government through the Illegal Wildlife...

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Forty-eight eggs of Critically Endangered Siamese Crocodile found in Sre Ambel River System

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Forty-eight eggs of Critically Endangered Siamese Crocodile found in Sre Ambel River System
(June 14, 2019) Sre Ambel, Koh Kong - Conservationists from the Fisheries Administration (FiA), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and local nest protection team found two nests with 48 eggs of the Critically Endangered Siamese Crocodile at two wetlands in the Sre Ambel River system in Koh Kong Province early this week. Siamese Crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) is listed on the IUCN Red List as Critically Endangered, because its global population is declining at alarming rate. This species lives only in Ca...

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Cambodia’s Bengal Florican population declines, but conservation can save it

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Cambodia’s Bengal Florican population declines, but conservation can save it
(June 10, 2019) Cambodia’s population of Bengal florican has sharply declined since 2012, according to a recent survey conducted by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Cambodia’s and Ministry of Environment. The findings, which were recently published in the journal Bird Conservation International, showed that the population of Bengal florican in Southeast Asia has declined by 55 percent since 2012. Conservationists now estimate that the number of displaying males in 2018 was only 104, down fro...

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200 Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle Hatchlings released into Mekong River

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200 Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle Hatchlings released into Mekong River
(May 25, 2019) To celebrate World Turtle Day, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Department of Fisheries Conservation of Fisheries Administration, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries released 200 Endangered Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle Hatchlings into the Mekong River on May 25. This is the fourth release of Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle Hatchlings into the ​Mekong River in 2019, following the second and third event last March and April in the same district where 654&...

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Posted in: Mangrove Terrapin


WCS, Provincial Department of Environment send five Lesser Adjutants to wildlife rehabilitation center

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WCS, Provincial Department of Environment send five Lesser Adjutants to wildlife rehabilitation center
(May 09, 2019) Five Lesser Adjutants (Leptoptilos javanicus) were successfully transferred from Mundol Kiri province to the wildlife rehabilitation center at the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity in Banteay Srey district of Siem Reap province last April. Some of these birds were confiscated by the Royal Government of Cambodia’s Mundol Kiri Provincial Department of Environment rangers (PDoE) in April and some were handed in by local communities after being kept as pets. With good collaboratio...

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Four New Royal Turtle Hatchlings Taken to Conservation Center in Koh Kong

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Four New Royal Turtle Hatchlings Taken to Conservation Center in Koh Kong
(May 02, 2019) Four new Royal Turtle hatchlings hatched and were taken late last month to Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Centre (KKRCC) in Koh Kong Province, for feeding, raising and possibly breeding in the future. The four hatchlings emerged from a nest of seven Royal Turtle eggs found by a WCS Community nest protection team on a nesting beach along the Kampong Leu River in Preah Angkeo village, Dangpeng commune, Sre Ambel district in January 2019. Unfortunately, only four eggs successfully hatched, while the...

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20 Royal Turtles released into their natural habitat

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20 Royal Turtles released into their natural habitat
(April 26, 2019) Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Department of Fisheries Conservation of Fisheries Administration, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries released today 20 Critically Endangered Royal Turtles into the Sre Ambel River system, in Boeng Trach village, Chamkar Luong commune in Kampong Seila district of Preah Sihanouk province. The release was made under the EU-funded project implemented by WCS in partnership with Wildlife Alliance, Cambodian Rural Development Team (CRDT) and the ...

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Posted in: Mangrove Terrapin


KSWS Working Group receives capacity building on zonation of protected areas

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KSWS Working Group receives capacity building on zonation of protected areas
(April 04, 2019) Phnom Penh – Members of working group for zonation of Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary (KSWS) received the first capacity building on “Process and Procedure of Zonation and Management Plan for KSWS” after the group was formed in August last year.   Funded by US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and co-organized by the Ministry of Environment (MoE) and WCS, the two-day training, commencing on March 28, aimed t...

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Technical meeting between Viet Nam and Cambodia on strengthening cross-border collaboration to combat wildlife trafficking

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Technical meeting between Viet Nam and Cambodia on strengthening cross-border collaboration to combat wildlife trafficking
(March 26, 2019) Da Nang, March 25-26, 2019 -- Representatives from Customs of Viet Nam and Cambodia and Cambodian National Police met to discuss cross-border collaboration to combat wildlife trafficking in a two-day meeting in Da Nang, Viet Nam on 25-26 March. The meeting provided an opportunity for participants to share information on the roles of each agency, typical cases of cross-border wildlife trafficking, and sophisticated tactics of traders, highlighting that intelligence sharing between Customs an...

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WCS, Ministry of Justice discuss cooperation to combat wildlife trafficking

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WCS, Ministry of Justice discuss cooperation to combat wildlife trafficking
(March 13, 2019) Phnom Penh -- In March 2019 the Ministry of Justice and WCS jointly organized a workshop on transnational wildlife trafficking at Phnom Penh Hotel. Seventy-six participants including Judges and Prosecutors from each of the 24 provinces and staff from the Ministry of Justice participated in the workshop to discuss and develop recommendations on how to strengthen efforts to combat wildlife trafficking in Cambodia. The meeting focused on key issues including investigations of trafficking and the ma...

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The fight against the sand mining brings hope for Royal Turtles!

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The fight against the sand mining brings hope for Royal Turtles!
(November 16, 2018) Sre Ambel, Koh Kong Province (November 14, 2018) - The circular and declaration issued on 10 July 2017 by the Ministry of Mines and Energy’s (MME) to stop all types of sand dredging activities in Sre Ambel River system in Koh Kong Province, have led to the renewal of the nesting beaches along the river. Thanks to heavy rain and floods, some of the beaches are coming back naturally. This is the result of the great efforts and success of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in collaboration w...

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Posted in: Mangrove Terrapin


Critically Endangered Royal Turtles on the road to recovery!

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Critically Endangered Royal Turtles on the road to recovery!
(October 05, 2018) Sre Ambel, Koh Kong Province (October 05, 2018) - After their release in November last year in Sre Ambel River system, the WCS monitoring team and the Department of Fisheries Conservation of Fisheries Administration, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries reported that recovery efforts for the only remaining wild population of the Southern River Terrapin are showing signs of success. All of turtles that were released in 2017 have been detected since. The monitoring data shows that one h...

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White-winged duck released back to the wild in Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary, Northern Plains Landscape (Preah Vihear province)

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White-winged duck released back to the wild in Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary, Northern Plains Landscape (Preah Vihear province)
(July 20, 2018)  Throughout their distribution white-winged duck populations have been undergoing a very rapid and continuing decline as a result of disturbance and loss of crucially important riverine habitats. Currently listed on the IUCN Red List as Globally Endangered, their small and very fragmented global population of around 1000 individuals is spread across India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia (around 100). White-winged duck rely on undisturbed riverin...

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Nest Protection Program Secures the Fledging of Nearly 7,000 Birds in the Northern Plains of Cambodia

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Nest Protection Program Secures the Fledging of Nearly 7,000 Birds in the Northern Plains of Cambodia
(April 02, 2018)   -   Since 2002, WCS, Ministry of Environment (MoE) and community members have protected 3,800 nests of 11 globally threatened bird species, leading..

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Poisoning Continues to Threaten Key Wildlife Species in the Northern Plains of Cambodia

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Poisoning Continues to Threaten Key Wildlife Species in the Northern Plains of Cambodia
(March 27, 2018)   -   Endangered wildlife in the Northern Plains of Cambodia are facing a continued threat from the widespread use of pesticides to poison...

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Posted in: Northern Plains


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