Cambodia: the ” timber gangsters”


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A truck containing rosewood suspected to have been logged illegally in Kampong Thom province sits on the side of the road near an economic land concession belonging to Try Pheap in 2013. PHOTO SUPPLIED

The destruction of nature has taken on a gigantic dimension.

If humans had a planet twice the size, they would probably spread further. But they only have this planet. It’s like a screw that you put on more and more: at some point it’s crazy. Plant trees against climate change, it is said, but on the other hand, real raids are taking place against forests.
The Amazon rainforest is on fire and new research shows that in just a decade, large corporations like General Mills, IKEA, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg, L’Oréal, Mars, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble and Unilever have 50 million acres of forest destroyed.

In Congo, too, the biggest threat to the rainforest is industrial clearing and the shift to large-scale agriculture, and here as well: massive deforestation for palm oil, rubber and sugar production. They are also called the wood magnates who do not stop at protected areas.

It is a rampant illegal trade in which only a few benefit, while at the same time a raid against humans and nature takes place and many animal and plant species are extinguished.


In the 2000s, the Cambodian government began leasing millions of acres of land – called concessions – to private companies, some of which are located in protected forests.
According to a series of reports by the international non-governmental organization Environmental Investigation Agency, between 2016 and 2018 nearly half a million cubic meters of wood were smuggled from Cambodia to Vietnam.

“Perhaps 10 years ago there were jungles and lots of forest and many wildlife such as elephants, tigers, rabbits …” says Auch Leng, an environmental activist who fights against the gigantic wood tycoons to stop deforestation.
“Private companies have come to destroy the forest here, and other sanctuaries, such as Boeung Per in the north, are rapidly approaching the same fate. I saw 23 wooden transporters from the Phnom Prich area. “

Another Cambodian forest activist, Chut Wutty, was killed in 2012 when he revealed the machinations of a lumberjack company. Since then, several other forest patrols have been killed, including three who were shot dead on the Vietnamese border last year. Leng also received numerous death threats.

According to data from Global Forest Watch, Cambodia lost 2.17 million hectares of tree cover from 2001 to 2018, a decrease of 25%.

Try Pheap is one of several Cambodian business magnates who have amassed tremendous wealth during Prime Minister Hun Sen’s regime.

Try Pheap

Already in 2016, the American business magazine “Forbes” reported on Cambodia’s rulers. Over the past decade, Try Pheap, in its early fifties, has made a name for itself in this 15 million nation.

An employee of Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled the country since 1985, is deeply “connected” with him. In addition to agricultural plantations, Try Pheap has a large and growing interest in real estate, including three casinos, two dry harbors for local and international shipping and two special economic zones in border areas.

He founded the petrol dealer “PAPA” and is building a $ 300 million port in Kampot province on the south coast of the country.


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My comment: “The world is not evil, it’s just full”, I had read somewhere.

Humanity is growing every day by about 200,000 heads! This is an apocalyptic number par excellence. It is the cause by which the future of man, animal and nature will lasting and permanently destroyed.

(Genesis 1: 1-2,25): God created man in his image, in the image of God he created him; and created them as husband and wife.

And God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and conquer it and reign over the fish in the sea and over the birds under the sky and over all the beasts crawling on the earth”.

We did that.

And we have created more than this crime, we treat animals and nature as raw materials, as factory goods and our slaves, we are about to eradicate both.

Of course, we can continue to breed animals as slaves, but the destruction of nature is unaffordable and soon becomes a life-threatening reality.

Therefore: be infertile and not multiply.
Reign over the manipulation and propaganda of the system and stop living on animals, exploiting animals.
That could be enough as a first measure.

My best regards to all, Venus


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