Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Call for GAT to get chop

Call for GAT to get chop

Call for GAT to get chop

THE environmental watch-dog organization Global Witness (GW) has called on the Cambodian

Government to cancel the GAT logging company's concession in the Cardamoms.

GW says GAT has repeatedly breached its contract, illegally cut logs, and has disregarded

directives issued by the Department of Forestry and Wildlife's Director General,

Ty Sokhun.

The Government should restate its commitment to preserving the forests and wildlife

of the Cardamom Mountains, says GW, by setting a timetable for the removal of all

logging concessionaires from the region.

GW's Director, Patrick Alley, said the Government's announcement at the May 2000

Consultative Group meeting in Paris of its "firm intention" to conserve

the Cardamoms was encouraging, but allowing the five concessionaires to continue

logging there is inconsistent with this goal.

"A failure on the part of the RGC to cancel GAT's contract is a major threat

to the reform process. The concessionaires must not be seen to be out of bounds for

the Forest Crime Monitoring Unit (FCMU)," said GW.

"This will only encourage the concessionaires to continue their illegal activities

and to act as a cartel."

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia unveils new quarantine regulations

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Cambodia sets new Covid-19 quarantine rules

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Hun Sen: Cambodia set to fully reopen

    Prime Minister Hun Sen concludes that the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday, during which many people either flocked to their hometowns for family reunion or gathered at tourist attractions across the country, has not caused an outbreak of Covid-19. In a special address to

  • Will Evergrande change the way Chinese developers do business in Cambodia?

    China’s property sector policy has exposed the grim financial condition of real estate developers including those operating in Cambodia, which raises questions over the viability of their projects and business going forward The dark blue netting draping over one of Yuetai Group Co Ltd’

  • Cambodia resumes issuance of tourist visas

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has announced the resumption of its tourist visa and visa exemption programme after a long hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In a letter dated October 20 and addressed to foreign embassies and consulates, foreign minister Prak Sokhonn

  • S’ville set to turn into ‘second Shenzhen’

    The Ministry of Economy and Finance has awarded a master plan consultancy contract to top Chinese institute for the development and transformation of Preah Sihanouk province into a “Model Multi-Purpose Special Economic Zone”, Southeast Asia’s next logistics and resort hub and innovation centre. The