Building a Road through Virachey National Park ?

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Building a Road through Virachey National Park ?

Post by Anchor Moy » Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:57 pm

Does anyone have news of this road that they are reportedly building along the Laos-Cambodia border ? It was on/off for a while with Laos-Cambodia border tensions.
Now a new border road is to be bulldozed through Virachey, one that will hug the Lao border and slice right through this roadless wilderness. Construction has started in Siem Pang district of Stung Treng province (about half of Virachey is in Stung Treng and the other half in Ratanakiri province) but has yet to reach the national park itself. Progress on the road has been retarded by the Lao military, which has crossed over into Cambodia and dug trenches, holding up construction and claiming that the planned road will pass through Lao territory. It is entirely possible that armed conflict will break out with shots fired over what is still a No-man’s Land. What will happen to Virachey’s wildlife when the road finally tears through this secret forest? Cambodia’s track record is not encouraging, and most likely the road’s completion will sound the death knell for the rare species we have camera-trapped.

Why is the road being built? Cambodian friends say it’s for “national security” and “for the next generation.” Cambodia’s military engineers are making this road (and there are whispers of Chinese funding), and the fact is that once “national security” is held up as the reason, it is just about impossible to stop it.
https://www.asiasentinel.com/econ-busin ... in-danger/
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Re: Building a Road through Virachey National Park ?

Post by Felgerkarb » Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:16 pm

There is some great wood around there...wait...what?
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Re: Building a Road through Virachey National Park ?

Post by Anchor Moy » Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:21 pm

Felgerkarb wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:16 pm
There is some great wood around there...wait...what?
Yep, but you can't get it out because there's no road access...wait...what ? No? :shock:
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