Indigenous Communities Want More Transparency Around Mining Projects

Indigenous community representatives told a forum on extractive industries on Friday that they were concerned about the effects mining projects in their areas could have on their health and livelihoods, and asked that they be better informed by companies and the government.

The forum, held in Phnom Penh under the topic “Toward Responsible Mineral Development in Cambodia,” gathered participants from government, civil society, the private sector and local communities.

Romas Mam, an indigenous Jaray representative from Ratanakiri province’s O’Yadaw district, said in his area an Indian firm was exploring for gold but it had not held any discussions with people in his community.

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