P Vihear Concessions Raise Fears of Disputes

Earlier this month Prime Minister Hun Sen approved five more economic land concessions totally 44,780 hectares in the Preah Vihear province. Largely distributed to agri-business companies there is fear that the concessions will lead to deforestation. Heng Roy International, Heng You International, Lan Feng International, Ruy Feng International and Kim Chea Thuon Group were all granted concessions, that Ponlok Khmer a community natural resources organization said is likely to adversely affect locals.