Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Rosewood felled in Angkor Park

Rosewood felled in Angkor Park

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Environmental officials haul away illegally felled logs from Angkor Archaelogical Park. Photo supplied

Rosewood felled in Angkor Park

Law enforcement officers and officials from Apsara Authority are trying to identify suspects who illegally felled a rosewood tree inside Siem Reap’s Angkor Archaeological Park.

Apsara Authority spokesman Long Kosal said after receiving information from villagers in Kouk Tachan village, authorities from the environmental department put a temporary ban on the transportation of luxury lumber in the area.

Officials claim the tree was felled on the night of August 8.

“Until now, we have not identified the suspects because it happened in the middle of the night and during heavy rain. However, we are actively working to identify the culprits,” Kosal said.

Sin Pisei, an Apsara official who inspected the scene of the incident, said the felled rosewood logs were located in the vicinity and were being guarded.

“The authorities are working together and have someone patrolling the area. We were afraid that the offenders will return to take the logs away,” he said.

Pisei said the logs were 40 centimetres in diameter and two metres in length and are being kept at the nearby environmental department headquarters.

Rosewood has become an endangered timber species in Cambodian due to the loss of forests due to illegal logging.

MOST VIEWED

  • First Cambodian woman graduates from Japan’s NDA military academy

    A few years ago, Meach Sithyka Jessica became the first-ever Cambodian woman to graduate from the US Military Academy at West Point, and since then her courage and determination has served as an inspiration for other Cambodian women. Similarly, Ly Chansocheata became the first Cambodian

  • Construction begins on $1.5B Kampot seaport

    The International Multi-Purpose Logistics and Port Centre, principally invested by Kampot Logistics and Port Co Ltd and projected to cost $1.5 billion, has officially broken ground in Bokor town, Kampot province. The multi-purpose logistics and port centre, located in Prek Tnaot commune, will be built on

  • Cambodia eyes key role in electronics, auto hubs in SEA

    Two roadmaps, part of the LDC’s economic diversification plan, were designed to see it through its migration process, but experts say the journey might be arduous, particularly in the presence of two established hubs in the region By 2028, Cambodia hopes to have exited the

  • Hun Neng, lawmaker and PM’s brother, passes away aged 72

    Hun Neng, chairman of the 4th Commission of the National Assembly, has passed away from heart disease at the age of 72 on the afternoon of May 5, according to the Ministry of Information. Hun Neng is the older brother of Prime Minister Hun Sen, and was

  • CCC team off on US business trip

    The Kingdom’s leading economists and private sector representatives have called on the US to renew its tax preferential status for Cambodian exports, as a Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC) delegation departed for a weeklong business visit to the US, where they will meet with

  • PM meets with US business giants

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has met with a number of major US companies who have expressed interest in investing in Cambodia, in a meeting convened by the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC). A delegation of companies – including Amazon, Meta, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Ford, Visa and Pernod