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Growth threatens highland livelihoods

Growth threatens highland livelihoods

RAPID economic development poses a threat to the traditional livelihoods of Cambodia's indigenous minorities, according to a six-month assessment conducted by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

The report, conducted in Mondulkiri and Ratanakkiri provinces, found that deforestation, climate change and other developments are making the area "prone to natural disasters", including floods, drought and insect infestation.

"Large areas have been logged, weakening the ecological balance and removing [indigenous] control over land and access to natural resources," the IOM said in a press briefing Friday. 

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