Corruption is fueling widespread destruction of protected forests; Beng Per Sanctuary north of Phnom Penh has lost 60% of its forest
Fifty percent of the basin is covered by 14 of the country’s Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs). Only a quarter of this area, however, is classified as protected.
The EIA done on behalf of dam developers downplayed environmental damage and overlooked transboundary effects of river damming.
On a voluntary basis, the ministry urges vendors to stop providing free plastic bags to customers in order to support people who produce non-plastic bags and thereby boosting their living standards.
For countries with weaker fiscal and external positions and large volumes of non-concessional funding, however, BRI project financing tends to exacerbate debt sustainability and balance of payments.