Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Promised Areng road will bring logging: org

Promised Areng road will bring logging: org

Mother Nature representatives speak at a press conference yesterday regarding a proposed Areng Valley road.
Mother Nature representatives speak at a press conference yesterday regarding a proposed Areng Valley road. Hong Menea

Promised Areng road will bring logging: org

Activists from environmental group Mother Nature yesterday cautioned that a proposed road pledged by Prime Minister Hun Sen for the Areng Valley could cause an increase in illegal logging and drug abuse.

At a press conference in Phnom Penh, activist San Mala said the negative impacts of the road would detract from any development it might bring.

“Bad traders are logging timber illegally, so they must be moving the timber from the Areng Valley to market,” Mala said. “The road and the bridges will facilitate the illegal acts of those traders.”

Hun Sen promised the road after a request at a public forum on August 22 by social media celebrity Thy Sovantha, who claimed it would allow residents to benefit from tourism.

But long-time conservationist Markus Hardtke said such roads inevitably led to logging and land grabs. “That’s always the problem – roads are opening up these areas and then people come in and resources go out,” he said.

Ministry of Environment spokesman Sao Sopheap said that although he was not familiar with the specifics of the road, the ministry had ordered authorities to crack down on forest crimes.

Community representative Ven Vorn, meanwhile, said even if the road brought more tourism, he worried the local population would not share in the fruits. “We are afraid the government will offer a licence to a private company and the people will get nothing,” Vorn said.

Additional reporting by Jack Davies

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen: Full country reopening to be decided in two weeks

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced that if the Covid-19 situation remains stable for 15 consecutive days from the end of the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday, Cambodia will reopen fully, albeit in the context of Covid-19 whereby people have to adjust their lives to

  • 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 voted ‘world’s friendliest country’ in Rough Guides reader poll

    Cambodia ranked number one among the “World’s Friendliest Countries”, according to a reader poll conducted by London-based international website “Rough Guides”. Taking submissions through Twitter and Facebook, “Rough Guides”, a well-known travel agency and publisher of guidebooks, said the Kingdom “was by far the