Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Wildlife sanctuary shrinks again

Wildlife sanctuary shrinks again

Wildlife sanctuary shrinks again

The Royal Cambodian Government has given another slice of the Boeung Per Wildlife Sanctuary to the agro-industry.

A report in the Royal book released on October 12 states that 1,410 hectares had been granted to two unidentified private businesses for development, particularly the planting of rubber trees.

Director of Boeung Per Wildlife Sanctuary Von Theoun said that there are now 10 companies developing about 100,000 of the 242,500 total hectares of land within the sanctuary.

“They [land concessions] not only affect the forest and animals, they also affects villagers, because their standard of living depends on the trees,” said Noun Skoun, a villager from Preah Vihear province who lives near the sanctuary.

Director of the Natural Resource Protection group Chut Wutty said high-level officials often grant land within wildlife sanctuaries to private companies without thinking about the future.

“When some companies receive economic land concessions, the first thing they do is start cutting trees to sell,” he said.

Ir Nody, under-secretary of state at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries could not be reached for comment yesterday.

MOST VIEWED

  • EU officials: Ending EBA an 18-month procedure

    EU officials have confirmed that it will take a total of 18 months to complete the procedure if Cambodia’s preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) trade agreement is to be withdrawn. According to EU Agriculture and Rural Development spokesman Daniel Rosario, the formal process has not

  • IPU slams government claim

    The president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Gabriela Cuevas Barron, has refuted a claim by the National Assembly that she “highly appreciated the achievements of Cambodia” in its July national elections with a tweet saying “Of course not!” before adding “No congratulations”. A delegation from

  • Conflict lingers on Paris Accords

    As the Kingdom prepares to commemorate on October 23 the 27th anniversary of the signing of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords, which ushered in an end to nearly two decades of civil war, there is political conflict on whether the tenets of the agreement are still being

  • EU agrees VN trade deal despite rights concerns

    The EU on Wednesday agreed to a free-trade agreement (FTA) with Vietnam, a country described as having a “major rights-abusing government”. This comes amid the 28-nation bloc preparing the procedure for a possible withdrawal of Cambodia’s Everything But Arms (EBA) preferential trade agreement on