A Malaysian company accused of illegal logging and road building in the Cardamom mountain region in southwest Cambodia said that the company was merely following an Asian Development Bank request to conduct a tree inventory in its concession.
The government is ordering a commercial logging company to suspend operations in Koh Kong province because of alleged illegal logging and road building in the Cardamom mountain region.
What Cambodia should do next to economically benefit from its forests—yet sustain them for future generations—continues to be a point of contention.
Experts said Thursday that they agree with an Asian Development Bank-funded draft report that characterizes the commercial logging system in Cambodia as a failure, but ideas differ on how to reform the system.
An Asian Development Bank-funded review of Cambodia’s commercial logging operations is being praised as hard-hitting overall, but too soft on the industry’s worst offenders.
The government should cancel three forest concessions that have been almost completely harvested and place at least eight other “seriously depleted” concessions under a moratorium until new management plans are prepared, an Asian Development Bank-funded team recommended Monday.
The Asian Development Bank has completed its logging concession review and will present its draft report at a workshop on Monday, officials said this week.
Biologists this week identified a number of conservation priorities for Cambodia, ranging from studying little-known habitats to working to protect a recently-discovered grassland bird colony of possible global significance.
Illegal logging is occurring to a lesser degree but in a more covert fashion since a crackdown was instituted a year ago, according to the first report by the government’s new forest crime monitoring unit.
Ho Chi Minh City – Inside a small private room in the burn unit of a sprawling 10-story government hospital here, 16-year-old acid-attack victim Tat Marina recently lay motionless on her back, her head bandaged, her eyes staring blankly at the ceiling.