Seized Timber Will Be Used For Schools

April 1, 2016 | Posted in: News

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday abolished the country’s flawed system of auctioning off seized illicit timber, saying that in the future all confiscated wood would be handed over to the Education Ministry to build schools and desks for pupils.

The premier also announced that Prey Lang, Southeast Asia’s largest deciduous lowland forest, which stretches across four provinces in central Cambodia, would become a protected area, along with Phnom Kravanh forest in Pursat province.

Hoeun Sopheap, a member of the Prey Lang grassroots network, applauded the decision to designate the forest as a protected area but said that it would be best if the grassroots network was allowed to continue its work—including regular forest patrols during which activists confront loggers and seize their equipment.

Read more in The Cambodian Daily