Sugar plantation caught with illegal timber in wildlife sanctuary

17.10.2016

Authorities in Cambodia seized more than 1,000 logs on the property of a Chinese-owned sugarcane plantation this month, marking the third time the firm has been found with illicit timber in the past year.

Local officials offered no explanation for why the plantation’s on-site sawmill was still operating after the previous seizures.

Bun Vichet, deputy governor of Oral district, said authorities raided the plantation, located inside the Phnom Aural Wildlife Sanctuary, in the morning and found 1,039 logs of first-grade wood, each between three and four meters long. Click here to read the story in full in the Cambodia Daily.

Data on Global Forest Watch suggests more than 17,000 hectares of forest were lost in Phnom Aural between 2001 and 2014.

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