Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Villagers decry tree loss

Villagers decry tree loss

Villagers decry tree loss

FIFTEEN ethnic Kreung families from Ratanakkiri province will file a complaint to provincial authorities today, alleging that the Kiri Akphiwat Company, a local rubber company, has illegally cleared trees that are vital to their livelihoods.

Pen Bonnar, provincial coordinator for rights group Adhoc, said the complaint came after the villagers, from Veun Sai district, told Adhoc the company was reneging on a promise, made when its land concession was granted in 2008, to preserve the trees. The villagers, he said, make a living from the trees’ watery resin.

Chheng Lok, president of Kiri Akphiwat, said the trees were cut with the villagers’ consent.

MOST VIEWED

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

    Royal Cambodian Navy researchers are working to identify a decades-old shipwreck found earlier this month off the coast of Koh Kong province. Divers found the 70-metre-long wreck on April 4 about a mile from Koh Chhlam island, according to Navy officials. Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha,