forestry crimes
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.

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

Activists Urge Investigation Into Rare Wood Seized in Hong Kong

Activists and civil society organizations called for an investigation into more than 200 tons of endangered wood seized in Hong Kong about a month ago, as the agriculture minister said he had yet to receive the exporter’s details from Hong Kong authorities.

Environmentalist Ouch Leng at the Kratie provincial environment department on February 6, 2021. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

After Release, Ouch Leng Alleges He Saw Convoys Taking Prey Lang Wood

An award-winning environmentalist detained over the weekend said upon his release that he had seen about 100 tractors carting wood away from the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary — a claim rejected by local environment authorities and a nearby reforestation project as lacking in evidence.