Cambodia's Law on Forestry

  • General Information

The law on forestry as ratified by the National Assembly on July 30, 2002 at the eighth plenary session of second legislature and as ratified by the Senate as to its entire form and legality on August 15, 2002 at the seventh plenary session of the first legislature. Chapter 10 (page 17 of the law) has stated on the Conservation on Wildlife. Chapter 10 has 4 articles that related wildlife conservation (Article 48 to article 51).

Below are the 4 articles:

Article 48--
All kinds of wildlife species in the Kingdom of Cambodia are State property and the component of forest resources, including all species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, other invertebrates, and their eggs or offspring. Such wildlife is under the management, research and conservation of the Forestry Administration, except for fish and animals that breed in water.

Wildlife specimens are dead wildlife, including the whole body, internal or external organs, the skeleton and processing products, and shall be under the management jurisdiction of the Forestry Administration.

All wildlife shall be divided into the following three categories:

  • Endangered species;
  • Rare species; and
  • Common species.

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, through the proposal of the Forestry Administration, shall issue a Prakas to determine the criteria for each category and establish a separate list for endangered and rare species, which may vary between regions in Cambodia, with consultation with Ministry of Environment.

Article 49--
It is strictly prohibited to hunt, harm or harass all wildlife:

  • Using all types of dangerous means;
  • Hunting during the prohibited season; and
  • Hunting in protected zones and special public areas.

The Forestry Administration, upon the agreement from Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, has the authority to issue a permit involving rare and endangered species for the following purposes:

  • For educational or scientific research;
  • In support of a Captive Breeding Program;
  • To exchange wildlife species pursuant to international cooperation agreements;

It shall be prohibited to commit the following activities against rare and endangered wildlife species:

  • Harass or harm any such species above or its habitat;
  • Hunt, net, trap or poison;
  • Possess, stock or maintain as a zoo or in a family house;
  • Transport;
  • Trade; and
  • Export-Import.

Rules on the activities related to all types of wildlife species shall be determined by Joint-Prakas between the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Ministry of Environment.

Article 50--
It is prohibited to commit the following activities against common wildlife species, except by a permit issued by the Forestry Administration:

  • Stock or maintain as a zoo or in a family house;
  • Transport and Trade an amount exceeding that necessary for customary use.

The export-import of any common wildlife species shall be accompanied by a permit issued by the Forestry Administration, upon the approval of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Article 51--
The Forestry Administration shall collect the following Wildlife Conservation Fee and Wildlife Royalty:

  • A Wildlife Conservation Fee shall be paid to the Forest Development Fund; and
  • A Wildlife Royalty shall be paid to the National Budget.

The amount of a Wildlife Conservation Fee and Wildlife Royalty shall be determined by Joint-Prakas between the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

 

  • Contact Details

Forestry Administration
# 40, Preah Norodom Blvd, Phsar Kandal 2,
Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Fax/Phone : 855 23 212 201
Website: http://www.forestry.gov.kh

Reference:

Law on Forestry, NS/RKM/0802/016; 2002. Last accessed on 23 October 2012 at http://www.forestry.gov.kh/Documents/Forestry%20Law_Eng.pdf