Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Crackdown on logging has been a ‘success’: Bin Chhin

Crackdown on logging has been a ‘success’: Bin Chhin

A truck carries an illegal shipment of timber through the forest near the Vietnamese border. Photo supplied
A truck carries an illegal shipment of timber through the forest near the Vietnamese border. Photo supplied

Crackdown on logging has been a ‘success’: Bin Chhin

Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin oversaw a meeting on illegal logging in the northeast region of Cambodia, reportedly branding the Kingdom’s anti-logging crackdown a “success” despite evidence to the contrary.

Chhin met with Sao Sokha, head of the anti-logging task force, environmental officials and provincial governors from Stung Treng, Ratanakkiri and Mondulkiri on Wednesday.

Srun Darith, with the Ministry of Environment, said the group evaluated the crackdown as “successful”, claiming the task force had “completely” eliminated large-scale trafficking.

“There is no more large-scale forest crime . . . We have done it successfully,” Darith said.

However, a Post investigation earlier this year revealed hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of timber being transported by over 100 loggers in Ratanakkiri, and Vietnamese customs data show illegal imports of timber continue apace.

Darith said the panel also discussed illegal logging in the Sesan Dam area. Hydro Power Lower Sesan 2 Co was given permission to log the dam’s reservoir area but were accused of logging far beyond it for profit.

“The reports from media are not always true,” Darith said.But Goldman Prize-winning environmental activist Ouch Leng said large-scale logging is still common in the northeast.

“The small-scale haulers actually serve the large-scale crimes,” he explained.

Conservationist Marcus Hardtke said many large-scale operations were reported to the ministry this year.

“At the time, the minister claimed investigations were being conducted. Where are the results?” he asked via email.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • More Cambodians studying in US

    The number of Cambodian students studying at US colleges and universities in 2020-21 increased by 14.3 per cent over the previous year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent US government report. The 2021 Open Doors report on International Educational Exchange showed that 848 Cambodian students studied

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • Banteay Meanchey gunfight sees 15 Thais arrested, three officers injured

    The Banteay Meanchey Military Police have arrested 15 Thai suspects and their accomplices after a gun battle between two Thai groups caused injuries to three police officers in the early hours of November 21, local authorities said. National Military Police spokesman Eng Hy said that according to

  • Locally-trained commercial pilots to lift Cambodia’s aviation standard

    The Kingdom is boosting its civil aviation sector with the establishment of a flight school with a local airline to meet growth demands once air travel recovers At 22, First Officer Reachta Lim is the youngest commercial pilot in Cambodia. He flies with the national flag