Cambodia

Cambodia

Over half of Cambodia’s land is forested. Nearly a third of these forests are within protected areas, and just 3% comprise primary forests. Many of Cambodia’s forests were severely degraded during the Vietnam conflict in the late 1960s, and deforestation has continued. The annual rate of deforestation between 2010 and 2015 was 1.3% (FAO, 2015).

Illegal logging in Cambodia drew international media attention in 2012 when a Cambodian environmental campaigner was shot while investigating illegal activities in the country’s forest sector (BBC, 2012). Further attention arose in 2013 when Global Witness published the results of their investigation into illegal logging and evictions of local communities resulting from the allocation of agricultural concessions (Global Witness, 2013).

The Cambodian and Thai governments signed an agreement in 2013 committing to increased cooperation in their efforts to curb the illegal timber trade between the two countries (Chatham House, 2014).