PM Asks Local Authorities to Strengthen Crackdowns on Illegal Logging

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen appealed here this morning to all local authorities and stakeholders to strengthen their activities in cracking down on forestry crimes.

Wood is not as small as narcotic drug that is difficult to be seen or recognized, said the Cambodian premier while presiding over the opening ceremony of the annual meeting and the inauguration ceremony of the new office building of the Ministry of Environment.

At the same time, Samdech Techo Hun Sen reacted against some criticisms over the deforestation under the economic development policy, mainly economic land concessions (ELCs). "The royal government did grant ELCs (to private companies), but they are degraded forest lands," he stressed.

Last month, the Royal Government of Cambodia has established a national commission to prevent and crack down on illegal logging in the northeastern part of the country. This ten-member commission is headed by Gen. Sao Sokha, Deputy Commander in Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and Commander of the Royal Gendarmerie of Cambodia, with Lt. Gen. Hou Sakun, Deputy Commissioner General of National Police as the Vice Chairman. Besides, representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Ministry of Environment, and governors of Thbong Khmum, Kratie, Kampong Cham, Mondulkiri, Rattanakiri, and Stung Treng provinces are the members.

Source: AKP