Cambodian government awards sawmill license to ag firm operating in protected area

14.02.2017

Forest inside Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary Photo: Phan Channa / WWF-Cambodia

The Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture has granted a sawmill license to a company previously implicated in illegal logging, which operates an agricultural concession issued inside a protected area.

The Phnom Penh Post reports that Lim Royal Joint Stock Co was granted the licence on Thursday, allowing them to operate a sawmill within company land in Kratie and Mondulkiri provinces.

Lim Royal was linked to forestry crimes as recently as last year, with a report by the Ministry of Economy and Finance noting at the time that 264 cubic metres of illegal timber were seized on its land and later sold at auction.

The company was granted a controversial Economic Land Concession (ELC) in the Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary in 2012.

The issuance of ELCs, sometimes violently displacing communities, and the co-opting of the judiciary to cover up the practice, prompted the International Criminal Court to consider such crimes within its remit.

Visit the Phnom Penh Post to read the story in full.

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