Cambodia’s fragile Prey Lang forest remains under threat

Cambodia’s Prey Lang forest has been under threat from illegal loggers for nearly 20 years, with deforestation spiking to 100 square kilometers (39 square miles) in 2016, the same year a wildlife sanctuary was declared.

For nearly 20 years, the Prey Lang forest that spans four Cambodian provinces has been shrinking.

What started as a relative trickle in 2000 was on a serious uptick by 2013. But by 2016, when 432,000 hectares of the forest was designated as a protected wildlife area, illegal logging there was so rampant that some 100 square kilometers (39 square miles) of forest cover were cleared that same year.

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