Cambodia: As Forests Fall, Carbon Credit Plan Faces Collapse

29 May 2014

Community forest chiefs and rights groups in Oddar Meanchey province say logging is now so rampant they have finally given up hope that a U.N.-backed scheme to generate millions of dollars worth of carbon credits for the area and the country will ever get off the ground.

They say the project is effectively dead, and that some of the very people who spent years trying to conserve the area have finally lost hope and joined the loggers.

“The program here for carbon trading is dead,” said Din Heng, chief of the Andong Bor community forest. “The government was first committed to protecting these forests for carbon trading, but they are not doing anything to help us fight the illegal logging.”

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