TIME Magazine | May 14, 2013
Cambodia’s deforestation is the world’s third highest, after Nigeria and Vietnam, according to the latest figures from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. China is the biggest importer of timber, and the destination for much of Cambodia’s beleaguered woodland.
How Vietnamese Companies and International Financiers [IFC, Deutsche Bank] are Driving a Land Grabbing Crisis in Cambodia and Laos
Global Witness | May 2013
The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) was installed into power by the Vietnamese military in Jan. 1979 when it invaded Cambodia.
Inter alia, the CPP has given the Vietnamese military control of national-security-sensitive telecommunications (METFONE, whose parent company is Viettel, owned by the Vietnamese military), the national airlines… Now Vietnam’s free reign to destroy its satellite state, Cambodia, wholesale.
And these are only some of the things we know about some 33 years later.
– Theary, Phnom Penh, 13 May 2013
Excerpts from the Global Witness May 2013 Executive Summary:
By the end of 2012, 2.6 million hectares of land in Cambodia had been leased, 1.2 million of this for rubber. Twenty-two percent of this land has been allocated to just five of Cambodia’s most powerful tycoons — simply the latest example of how the country’s valuable natural resources have been captured by an elite growing spectacularly rich while one-third of the population [almost 5 million] lives on less than US$0.61 a day.
The legal limit is 10,000 hectares per company.
2.6 million hectares = 73% of Cambodia’s arable land, affecting Cambodians in 12 provinces
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