Cut More Trees! Cambodians Challenge Conservation

The Cambodian rosewood had stood for hundreds of years, but its value finally proved too hard to resist and the giant tree came crashing down — inside a protected forest. It's unclear exactly who was behind the felling — nobody has been charged — but it set off a series of events, which culminated in hundreds of villagers rejecting their community forest in favor of cutting more trees. The incident underscores the challenge of protecting the country's forests, which researchers say have been rapidly disappearing due to logging and agricultural land concessions granted to companies. Cambodia has among the highest deforestation rates in the world, according to a study published in the journal Science Advances in 2017. The Southeast Asian nation lost 1.6 million hectares between 2001 and 2014, including 38 percent of its "intact forest landscape", which the study defined as "a seamless mosaic of forest and naturally treeless...


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