Kampong Thom – Patrol Finds Illegal Logging in C.R.C.K. ELC
May 15, 2013 | Posted in: News
On May 1-3, 50 PLCN members conducted a forest patrol inside Prey Lang and reported that illegal loggers cooperating with Vietnamese rubber company C.R.C.K. illegally harvested luxury wood outside its ELC. The patrol seized five chainsaws and 30 timber logs. The evidence was given to the Forestry Administration in Sandan district. PLCN said the loggers were bringing the wood to the C.R.C.K. factory and exporting it to Vietnam, running 10 to 15 truckloads per day.
Hoeun Sopheap, PLCN representative from Kampong Thom, said the network saw illegal logging take place throughout the forest. The network is unable to monitor all new plantations, forest clearing activities, or the actions of police and government officials in Sandan district. This has opened up a window of opportunity for people from outside to take forest land and receive land titles to it. In addition, the authorities are accused of supporting illegal loggers by taking community farmland in Chouck village and giving it to C.R.C.K.