U.S. ends Cambodia aid programme over deforestation, arrests

The United States is ending a Cambodian aid programme aimed at protecting one its biggest wildlife sanctuaries, citing worsening deforestation and harassment of those who speak out about destruction of natural resources.

The U.S. embassy in Phnom Penh said it had invested more than $100 million on combating deforestation and despite some progress, high rates of illegal logging had continued

The Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary had since 2016 lost approximately 38,000 hectares (93,900 acres) of forest, or nearly 9% of its forest cover, the embassy said.

In full: https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/us-ends-cambodia-aid-programme-over-deforestation-targeting-activists-2021-06-17/

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