Cambodian Youth Party president Pich Sros yesterday said ministries tasked with preventing deforestation have no regular preventive measures against the crime.
Teetering on the verge of economic crisis: Cambodia faces higher export tariffs into Britain due to Brexit at a time when the European Union is considering suspending duty-free access.
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.