In Thailand, however, communities are being evicted from national parks under a law aimed at conserving forests.
With fields too hot and productivity too low, it is no surprise that Thailand has such an influx of Cambodian workers.
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.
With less than 30% of Greater Mekong’s forests remaining, new WWF report highlights efforts by people and communities trying to stop the devastation.
The findings are important: they raise questions about assumptions made in global climate change projections as well as future environmental conditions in the region.
It is just a matter of time until it all disappears, given the level of greed involved.
In Thailand and Cambodia rural monks often “ordain” trees, but illegal loggers and corrupt government officials don’t respect such religious traditions.
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.
Cambodia’s deforestation rate is one of the fastest in the world, endangering wildlife as well as cultures that have long drawn on the forests for their livelihoods