The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime has produced this report which starts by pointing out that Cambodia has suffered some of the highest rates of deforestation (measured as a percentage of forest cover) of any country since the 1970s – and rates have been increasing significantly in the past decade. Even the country’s so-called protected areas have been severely impacted, despite supposedly being safeguarded under Cambodian law. This report explores the ways in which laws, regulations and policies designed to afford protection for Cambodian forests and the local and indigenous people who depend on them are being abused. It also investigates deforestation in 2 wildlife sanctuaries in northern Cambodia, both of which are designated protected areas, where thousands of trees have been illegally harvested and subsequently processed into plywood or luxury timber for export.
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