Protected forest reclassified as private land

The entirety of three protected forests are now classified as private land, an investigation from rights group Adhoc has found, along with tens of thousands of additional hectares of what has once been state public land… In three cases, Adhoc’s findings show that entire protected forests – Snoul Wildlife Santuary, Preah Vihear Protected Area and Peam Krasob Wildlife Sanctuary – have now been reclassified. Reclassifying land is the penultimate step before granting economic land concessions to companies; once completed, it is generally considered a near-certainty that a firm will be granted the ELC.