deforestation
Barren patches of land pepper O'Reang district's landscape as a result of deforestation. (Heng Vichet/VOD)

Cambodia Cops Out of COP26 Forest Protection Pledge

Cambodia was among a minority of countries who did not sign a pledge to conserve and expand its forested ecosystems at COP26 last week despite forest loss being the country’s highest source of greenhouse gas emissions.

Logs of an ‘endangered species’ seized in Hong Kong after arriving in containers from Cambodia. (Hong Kong Customs)

Forestry Crimes Up 15 Percent, Official Insists Large-Scale Logging Eliminated

Authorities have been claiming victory over illegal logging for years, including in 2016 following the establishment of a national anti-logging task force. Taskforce spokesman Eng Hy told the Cambodia Daily at the time that “illegal logging has been completely stopped,” despite the seizure of 5,431 cubic meters of luxury wood in one haul in Kratie province.