British Ambassador George Edgar on Thursday urged the government to punish forest offenders and cancel commercial logging concessions that have flouted the law.
Global Witness soon will be working within the system as the newly-appointed independent monitor of Cambodia’s forestry sector.
An environmental watchdog claimed Thursday that an Asian Development Bank-funded review of commercial logging operations threatens to stall forestry reform in Cambodia.
An Asian Development Bank-funded review of Cambodia’s commercial logging areas is being sharply criticized by environmentalists as squandering an opportunity to root out the country’s worst timber operators.
After a number of false starts to curb rapid deforestation, Prime Minister Hun Sen last January called on RCAF Commander-in-Chief Ke Kim Yan to stamp out illegal logging within three months.
Government officials including Prime Minister Hun Sen made their strongest commitments yet to major donors to end illegal logging, an environmental watchdog reported Thursday from Tokyo’s Consultative Group meeting.
The government said Thursday that Formosa Plastics Corp of Taiwan has signed an agreement to remove toxic waste from Cambodia within 60 days or face fines escalating to $5,000 a day.
But Gov’t Negotiator Says Details Not Set
Legal analysts are concerned a draft agreement between the government and Formosa Plastics Corp to remove toxic waste doesn’t adequately protect victim rights or ensure speedy removal.
Just two days before a major donors’ meeting in Tokyo, the environmental watchdog Global Witness warned that the country’s military is positioned to resume illegal logging once critical aid decisions are made.
bittrang village area, Sihanoukville province – When soldiers removed mercury-tainted waste near Sihanoukville in late December, Ti Ong says she was hired to wash their clothing in a nearby stream.