Activist Heng Sros, 24, from the Cambodian Human Rights Task Force, yesterday said that the private companies received permission to transport high quality timber to Vietnam.
The World Bank, the Global Green Growth Institute and other development partners provided financial and technical support in developing the strategy.
“I think the [ministry’s] response and [ministries] accusing each other shows there is no clear legal mechanism. I met with the Ministry of Interior’s secretary of state who said it was difficult to prevent [illegal logging].”
Civic groups say the evictions and redevelopment plans mostly target poor communities who have no formal rights over the land.
Because more than three-quarters of Cambodia’s population relies primarily on subsistence agriculture, droughts and floods threaten to tip large numbers of people into poverty.
The pilot breeding shows that the mangrove crabs adapted to the forest environment and have a survival rate of more than 50 percent.
Irresponsible sand mining is destroying the livelihoods of farmers and fishers and placing environmental stress on the nation’s rice bowl.