USAID Report Offers New Way to Protect Prey Long Forest

The government should abandon its current management of Prey Long forest and shift to a plan that conserves the forst while also optimizing its economic uses, such as agriculture, carbon credits and controlled timber exploitation, according to a recent report by the US Agency for International Development. The report comes amid growing public concerns and civil society campaign over the future of Prey Long, which is Southeast Asia’s largest remaining lowland evergreen forest. It is under Forestry Administration management but is not officially protected, making it vulnerable to illegal logging and economic land concessions.