A scheme earlier this year, which purportedly gave protected land to local residence has been shown to be a scam

The regulation that was issued earlier this year for Cambodias KohKong province supposedly took land from protected areas, and gave it to local people. Developments since, show that actually this was a scheme to benefit the political elite.

Politicians and companies have been grabbing the available land. In particular, a pocket has been bought by a company thought to be working for APP the huge palm oil company. They would clearly wish to raze this forest to the ground and replant with palm oil.

Koh Kong forest clearance alongside still standing forest

The area in question, accounts for around 500 square miles of land.

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