Cambodian forest shrinks to only 47pct in last 40 over years

Cambodia’s forest cover was over 73 per cent in 1975 but it has shrunk to only about 47 per cent last year.

In its Human Development Report Cambodia 2019, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said deforestation was mainly caused by rising wood demand for construction as well as for use as firewood and charcoal.

According to the Phnom Penh Post, the report said unsustainable developments such as economic land concessions, hydropower and mining projects, and illegal logging, have led to a spiral of degradation for the ecosystem and the people.

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