More than 23,000 suspects have been arrested since 2015 on suspicion of engaging in illegal logging and poaching wild animals, costing the state an estimated 100 billion baht in losses.
As Myanmar works to restructure to private sector management of the country’s forestry and timber resources, reports of illegal logging are surging.
The election campaign has been accompanied by an uptick in felled trees and suspected collusion between the enforcement rangers and the illegal loggers.
Cambodia’s Supreme upheld a low court’s decision to sentence three environmental activists for their anti-sand dredging campaign activities in Koh Kong province.
New report explores how the development establishment’s embrace of Myanmar and how to break loose
It is just a matter of time until it all disappears, given the level of greed involved.
Over 1 trillion kip was siphoned off last year in the implementation of development projects through the violation of laws and financial disciplines by government bodies and the private sector.
Fraud occurs in development projects in which dishonest officials embezzle state funds and assets, including money for schools and health services across the country
But the declaration of the new park does nothing to protect the environment, at least in the short term
Despite official pledges to halt the trade, smugglers in Cambodia and Laos are finding ways to illegally ship timber to Vietnam. The precious hardwood is often used in furniture factories that ship their products largely to China.