HOW A GAMBLING COMPANY MAY HAVE SET THE STANDARD FOR HABITAT DESTRUCTION IN CAMBODIA

On 8 February, an article from Mongabay is concerned with Union Development Group (UDG), a Chinese company that was granted a 36,000-hectare concession in Cambodia’s Botum Sakor National Park in 2008, followed by an additional 9,100-hectare concession granted in 2011.  It says that much of Botum Sakor National Park’s forests have been cleared by UDG and other companies.  UDG is subject to US sanctions, and it is said that UDG had enlisted the support of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces to evict and harass residents, and also managed to skirt the 10,000-hectare limit on land concessions by “falsely registering as a Cambodian-owned entity”.

https://news.mongabay.com/2022/02/how-a-dirty-gambling-company-may-have-set-the-standard-for-destruction-in-cambodia/

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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