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PM to deploy helicopters to monitor illegal logging

Speaking before members of the Cambodian diaspora in the US on Sunday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said he has ordered helicopters to be deployed above forests in the Kingdom to monitor illegal logging activities. ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-deploy-helicopters-monitor-illegal-logging

Illegal timber still flowing: EIA

More than one million cubic metres of illegal timber has flowed unhindered from protected areas in Cambodia’s northeast provinces to Vietnam as the latter continues its role as a serial illegal timber trade offender, according to a report issued by the Environmental Investigation Agency. ...

May Titthara
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50496726/illegal-timber-still-flowing-eia/

Government timber figures belie ‘ban’ on Vietnam trade

A series of quarterly reports from the National Bank of Cambodia raises questions about the government’s ban on timber exports, as they show that last year, more than $5 million in sawn timber was exported from the Kingdom. The latest report, released earlier this month ...

Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/government-timber-figures-belie-ban-exports

Community forests fall short

A newly leaked document attesting to a $15,000 deal between representatives of Ratanakkiri’s Samut Krom village and a timber trader to allow Vietnamese-backed logging in the community’s forest appears to add further weight to its critique. ...

Phak Seangly and Shaun Turton
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/community-forests-fall-short

Government probes NGO behind damning timber racket report

More than a month after confirming its investigation into new reports of rampant timber trafficking between Cambodia and Vietnam, the Environment Ministry remains tight-lipped about what—if any—progress it is making, but says the U.K. NGO that exposed the scale of the problem is itself being ...

Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/govt-probes-ngo-behind-damning-timber-racket-report-131662/

Vietnamese data show timber exports are continuing

According to the figures, Vietnam imported 21,670 cubic metres of sawn wood valued at $13.7 million in April, a 27 percent drop compared to February and an almost 50 percent decrease compared to March. ...

Shaun Turton and Niem Chheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/vietnamese-data-show-timber-exports-are-continuing

How Cambodia’s record deforestation is driving crippling drought

Massive deforestation is playing a crucial role in the droughts that have devastated Cambodia. But despite an official ban on timber exports, forests continue to be cut down at a record rate.The Cambodian government awarded between 30 and 40 logging concessions to private companies during ...

Euan Black
http://sea-globe.com/deforestation-drought-cambodia/

Logging ‘conspiracy’: Cambodian, Vietnamese officials accused of taking huge bribes

Cambodian and Vietnamese officials have received millions of dollars in bribes from Vietnamese timber traders as part of a cross-border “conspiracy” to log vast swathes of Ratanakkiri province and funnel the timber to Vietnam, according to a damning report by the Environmental Investigation Agency released ...

Shaun Turton and Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/logging-conspiracy-cambodian-vietnamese-officials-accused-taking-huge-bribes

How politics is killing Cambodia's forests

Cambodian forests, some of the most biologically diverse areas in the world, are vanishing fast as a result of the Vietnamese, Chinese and Cambodian political interests. Cambodia has one of the largest deforestation rates in the world. Forest Trends, an influential organization with a mission to conserve ...

Abu SMG Kibria
http://thediplomat.com/2016/09/how-politics-is-killing-cambodias-forests/

Rosewood exports undercut UN protections

Cambodia exported hundreds of millions of dollars worth of threatened Siamese rosewood in the 18 months after ratifying a 2013 international protocol designed to protect the species from destructive trade, according to a report released on Friday.   ...

Ben Paviour
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/rosewood-exports-undercut-un-protections-114612/

Cambodia, Among Others, Feeding China's Demand for Timber

The growing market for timber in China is leading to widespread logging around the world, including in Cambodia, according to a report released yesterday. The report from London-based NGO the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) – entitled Appetite for Destruction: China’s trade in illegal timber – outlines ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

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