Expat Ben Davis and family, defending Phnom Tnout Wildlife Sanctuary, conflicts with villagers

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Re: Expat Ben Davis and family, defending Phnom Tnout Wildlife Sanctuary, conflicts with villagers

Post by that genius » Tue May 01, 2018 10:28 am

A guy from Oregon trying to save hardwood forests.

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Post by phuketrichard » Tue May 01, 2018 10:37 am

i think what he is doing is admirable
but he needs some big Khmer behind him now

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Post by AmericanSteve » Tue May 01, 2018 2:58 pm

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Re: Expat Ben Davis and family, defending Phnom Tnout Wildlife Sanctuary, conflicts with villagers

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:01 pm

Deforestation for profit in Cambodia
Published 10 hours ago
Efforts to protect forests come crashing down as locals see gold in felling trees

TA BOS (Cambodia) • The Cambodian rosewood had stood for hundreds of years, but its value finally proved too hard to resist and the giant tree came crashing down - inside a protected forest.

It is unclear exactly who was behind the felling - nobody has been charged - but it set off a series of events, which culminated in hundreds of villagers rejecting their community forest in favour of cutting more trees.

The incident underscores the challenge of protecting the country's forests, which researchers say have been rapidly disappearing due to logging and agricultural land concessions granted to companies.

Cambodia has among the highest deforestation rates in the world, according to a study published in the journal Science Advances last year.

It lost 1.6 million hectares between 2001 and 2014, including 38 per cent of its "intact forest landscape", which the study defined as "a seamless mosaic of forest and naturally treeless ecosystems".

Conservationists have fought for years to convince the government and people in remote areas to check deforestation, and the community forest model has been a key strategy. Local residents agree to preserve a community forest, although they can continue to farm areas already under cultivation, as well as harvest timber needed for construction - if they receive permission.

That model is broken, according to Mr Ben Davis, who has worked in conservation in Cambodia since 1992 and set up the community forest near Ta Bos village in the province of Preah Vihear.

Mr Davis has helped NGOs set up other community forests, which he said had ended up being logged as soon as no one was around to enforce protection.
"Unless there's an NGO that is living there in the forest," he said, trailing off. "The minute they're gone..."

Mr Davis said villagers recently sold one section of the tree - 1.7m long and more than a metre in diameter - for US$10,000 (S$13,360)...
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Re: Expat Ben Davis and family, defending Phnom Tnout Wildlife Sanctuary, conflicts with villagers

Post by Barang chgout » Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:27 am

From what I have heard, carbon credits may well change the face of logging here.. ... Very soon.
We shall see.

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Re: Expat Ben Davis and family, defending Phnom Tnout Wildlife Sanctuary, conflicts with villagers

Post by Anchor Moy » Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:28 pm

Barang chgout wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:27 am
From what I have heard, carbon credits may well change the face of logging here.. ... Very soon.
We shall see.

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It will have to be very soon, or it will be too late.
But, it would be really great if carbon credits can make it worthwhile to save the forests, instead of selling them off wholesale.
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Post by Username Taken » Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:53 pm

I'd be willing to bet we can get carbon credits AND sell off the forests at the same time.
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Re: Expat Ben Davis and family, defending Phnom Tnout Wildlife Sanctuary, conflicts with villagers

Post by Barang chgout » Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:35 pm

After the election.

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Re: Expat Ben Davis and family, defending Phnom Tnout Wildlife Sanctuary, conflicts with villagers

Post by Barang chgout » Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:37 pm

Username Taken wrote:I'd be willing to bet we can get carbon credits AND sell off the forests at the same time.
From what I hear, carbon credits are worth a big lot of money to those who maintain carbon sinks. Apparently though, if said people fail to maintain the contract, the costs can be damaging....
Again, we shall see.

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Re: Expat Ben Davis and family, defending Phnom Tnout Wildlife Sanctuary, conflicts with villagers

Post by Felgerkarb » Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:39 pm

Username Taken wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:53 pm
I'd be willing to bet we can get carbon credits AND sell off the forests at the same time.
This.
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