First Meeting of Buddhist Sangha

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On August 17-18, 2017, Ponlok Khmer conducted the first meeting with Buddhist monks on Forest and Natural Resource conservation. There were 16 monks and 8 lay persons from Ordor Meanchey, Oaral, Kg. Thom and some monk activists from Phnom Penh. The general aim of the first meeting was to share experiences of forest, biodiversity and natural resource conservation and also to discuss on how the Buddhist monks can work together.

The results of the meeting are:
1- The monk participants learned from each other on the experiences of forest and natural resource conservation. 2- The monk participants discussed and agreed on establishment of Sangha community network called “Monk Community for Environment” and discussed their initiatives of concrete strategies for conservation through Buddhist practice.
3- A specific capacity building plan prepared for strengthening the Sangha Sangha network prepared.

During this meeting, we founded that Cambodian Buddhist monks play critical roles in conservation through concept of Buddhism. Socially engagement of monks is the most value in Cambodian society in the past time. But in current society, a few people recognize social work of Buddhist Monks in conservation.

This project will assist the Buddhist Sangha community to promote their social works and conservation in Cambodian society widely.

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Prey Preah Rokar Forum

June 29, 2017 | Preah Vihear

Most of the people around Prey Preah Rokar Forest support their livelihood by getting the beneficiary from this forest. The Forest has tons of biodiversity including traditional herb, wild animal, natural streams, ponds, Lake and so on.

Today, Ponlok Khmer took a special chance to open up a forum with members of Prey Preahrokar Forest Community Network (PFCN) to discuss and find solutions on what the illegal activities being committed and bringing destruction to this forest.

Ek Yothin

Mr. Ek Yothin is describing Prey Preahrokar Forest to the Prey Preahrokar Forest Community Network (PFCN).

Watch the video of Prey Preahrokar below:

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Cambodia: communities in protracted struggle against Chinese sugar companies’ land grab

08/06/2017 | Media release (អាន​ជា​ភាសា​ខ្មែរ)

A new report exposes the devastating consequences of land grabs for indigenous communities in Preah Vihear province, in northern Cambodia. The report reveals how Chinese companies, attracted by the Cambodian government to invest in local agro-industry, have been violating the fundamental rights of communities and destroying livelihoods and ecosystems over the past six years. The report is a joint collaboration between Community Network in Action (CNA), Ponlok Khmer, GRAIN, Cambodia Indigenous Youth Association (CIYA), and the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP). Continue reading “Cambodia: communities in protracted struggle against Chinese sugar companies’ land grab”

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