Cambodian Authorities Move to Amend Laws in Effort to Protect Forests

Widespread illegal logging in Cambodia’s forests is making the government reevaluate existing laws intended to protect the country’s natural resources.

Cambodia’s Minister of Interior Sar Kheng held a meeting Tuesday with his counterparts from the environment and agriculture ministries as well as the heads of other institutions to discuss amending several laws, which he says have been ineffective.

According to a Facebook post by Sar Kheng, the new laws they began drafting during the meeting will allow local authorities to directly deal with the illegal harvesting and smuggling of Cambodia’s natural resources.

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