Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Pheap’s pledge sought

Pheap’s pledge sought

Pheap’s pledge sought

A forest peoples' network has appealed to tycoon Try Pheap to issue a written commitment to put a halt to his companies’ deforestation activities after he told the Post last week that his logging days are over.

A statement from the Prey Lang Community Network, released yesterday, called on Pheap to lead by example and end all logging operations.

“Over the past 20 years, Cambodia’s forests have been used by the powerful and businesspeople under the guise of [economic land concessions], which has seriously affected communities and the environment,” the statement reads.

The group also called on Pheap to share some of the profits his timber businesses made over the years by investing in forest restoration and environmental projects.

Seng Sok Heng, a PLCN representative, said if the tycoon was serious about stopping deforestation, the move would come just in the nick of time.

“People across four provinces are very worried about deforestation in Prey Lang, because no authorities come to protect it,” he said.

Pheap and his representatives could not be reached yesterday. On Sunday, he said he had ended all logging operations.

MOST VIEWED

  • Serious flooding across country

    The Kampong Speu provincial Committee for Disaster Management on Wednesday issued an alert after non-stop heavy rain caused widespread flooding. In Koh Kong province, authorities are working with the disaster committee and the Cambodian Red Cross to assist those affected after more than 350 homes were

  • CNRP points to King in call for vote boycott

    Leaders of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have taken a new tack in their call for a boycott of the national elections later this month. They are now claiming that the people should follow the King, who is expected to abide by tradition

  • Actress’s NGO takes heat for promoting the ruling party

    An actress’s NGO which participated in an election campaign event contrary to the Law on Association and Non-Governmental Organisations (Lango) has been slammed. Chorn Chanleakena, a celebrity and the president of the Association of Artists Volunteering to Help Society, allegedly led its members in

  • Troop moves ‘won’t worry people’

    Senior officials at the Ministry of Defence and National Police said on Tuesday that riot training provided to the country’s police forces were aimed at preventing unexpected demonstrations and strikes before and after the July 29 national elections. The troop mobilisation, they said, would not