T HE Samling company says it expects to have completed an environmental impact
survey of its planned logging methods within several months.
public relations manager Nhem Vibol said forestry experts from Malaysia and the
Philippines had been in Cambodia to help with the survey.
proposed to divide its 787,000-hectare concession into 30 sections, and log one
section each year.
By doing that, each section of land would be left for
30 years, after the initial logging, for trees to grow back.
the plan, subject to government approval and monitoring by forestry officials,
would protect both the local and national environment.
waiting to complete its environmental survey, and build roads and timber
processing factories in its concession area, before beginning
The 60-year Samling concession covers forest in Kratie,
Mondulkiri, Kompong Cham, Kampong Speu and Koh Kong provinces.
the company had already opened a base in Kratie province and begun building a
network of top-quality roads.
Meanwhile, Minister of Environment Mok
Marith has urged the government to ensure logging contracts such as that with
Samling be carefully monitored.
He said he did not trust any logging
company 100 per cent, and believed that "if we are lacking in our control,
destruction [of forests] will occur".
Marith acknowledged the government
was trying to improve the national budget by selling logging concessions, and
that careful investment in forestry resources was better than the anarchy of
But environmental impact surveys by concession holders
were vital, he said, and had to take into account soil erosion, river flows and
possible damage to birds and other animals.
Hay Hen, director of the
Kratie provincial forestry department, said he had not had any discussions with
Samling about their work there.