Cambodia: the “timber gangsters”




(from the blog of

Kambodscha WaldkriminalitätjpgA truck containing rosewood suspected to have been logged illegally in Kampong Thom province sits on the side of the road near an economic land concession belonging to Try Pheap in 2013. PHOTO SUPPLIED


The destruction of nature has taken on a gigantic dimension. If humans had a planet twice the size, they would probably spread further. But they only have this planet. It’s like a screw that you put on more and more: at some point it’s crazy. Plant trees against climate change, it is said, but on the other hand, real raids are taking place against forests.
The Amazon rainforest is on fire and new research shows that in just a decade, large corporations like General Mills, IKEA, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg, L’Oréal, Mars, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble and Unilever have 50 million acres of forest destroyed.

In Congo, too, the biggest threat to the rainforest is industrial clearing and the shift to large-scale agriculture, and here as well: massive deforestation for palm oil, rubber and sugar production. They are also called the wood magnates who do not stop at protected areas.
It is a rampant illegal trade in which only a few benefit, while at the same time a raid against humans and nature takes place and many animal and plant species are extinguished.

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Many countries and companies are committed to reducing deforestation by 2020 or avoiding deforestation altogether.
Unfortunately, it was only a promise, as recent research shows.
Companies that are globally recognized as polluters, such as General Mills, IKEA, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg, L’Oréal, Mars, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble and Unilever, have committed themselves in 2010 over the next decade the deforestation to end.
Now it turns out they destroyed 50 million hectares of forest in just a decade to raise cattle, palm oil, pulp and paper and soybeans.

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We have already reported on the deforestation of Solomon Islands.
The Solomon Islands have a fascinating and varied landscape with rainforests, waterfalls, lagoons, coral reefs and active volcanoes. But that could soon be over, because to quench China’s hunger for wood, the precious forests of the Solomon Islands are felled.

Corals, colorful fish, long sandy beaches, lonely islands – that’s how many people know the Solomon Islands, but the South Seas paradise is in danger and doomed to sinking.


The small group of islands in the Pacific is after Papua New Guinea (PNG) China’s second largest source of tropical timber.
Together, the Solomon Islands and PNG deliver a staggering 50% of tropical timber imports in China. The rain forests are ruthlessly cut down because of the valuable woods, without paying attention to nature and environmental protection or to the delicate ecological balance of the rainforests. They quench the hunger for wood of the Chinese.

SlomonDrone picking wood collection in a harbor in Solomon Islands. Picture © Alessio Bariviera 2018.

Palm oil plantations instead of rainforest: After the corporations destroyed the rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo, the palm oil industry is now pushing to new regions like Papua.
The rainforests of Papua are ruthlessly cut down because of the valuable woods, without paying attention to nature and environmental protection or to the delicate ecological balance of the rainforest.

Entwaldung-77On the map of you can see where deforestation is taking place in Asia.


In the 2000s, the Cambodian government began leasing millions of acres of land – called concessions – to private companies, some of which are located in protected forests.
According to a series of reports by the international non-governmental organization Environmental Investigation Agency, between 2016 and 2018 nearly half a million cubic meters of wood were smuggled from Cambodia to Vietnam.

“Perhaps 10 years ago there were jungles and lots of forest and many wildlife such as elephants, tigers, rabbits …” says Auch Leng, an environmental activist who fights against the gigantic wood tycoons to stop deforestation.
“Private companies have come to destroy the forest here, and other sanctuaries, such as Boeung Per in the north, are rapidly approaching the same fate. I saw 23 wooden transporters from the Phnom Prich area. “

Another Cambodian forest activist, Chut Wutty, was killed in 2012 when he revealed the machinations of a lumberjack company. Since then, several other forest patrols have been killed, including three who were shot dead on the Vietnamese border last year. Leng also received numerous death threats.

According to data from Global Forest Watch, Cambodia lost 2.17 million hectares of tree cover from 2001 to 2018, a decrease of 25%.


“Sometimes I cry. I’m disappointed because I can not protect the forest, “says Leng on a mission to defeat Cambodia’s wood magnate and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade. “I see the destruction is so great, but nobody helps protect it.”

Kambodscha. wüstenwaldjpg“They burned it until only a few stumps were left.” Picture credits: Sebastian Strangio


Try Pheap is one of several Cambodian business magnates who have amassed tremendous wealth during Prime Minister Hun Sen’s regime.

Already in 2016, the American business magazine “Forbes” reported on Cambodia’s rulers. Over the past decade, Try Pheap, in its early fifties, has made a name for itself in this 15 million nation. An employee of Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled the country since 1985, is deeply “connected” with him. In addition to agricultural plantations, Try Pheap has a large and growing interest in real estate, including three casinos, two dry harbors for local and international shipping and two special economic zones in border areas. He founded the petrol dealer “PAPA” and is building a $ 300 million port in Kampot province on the south coast of the country.

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The EU has been an important development partner of Cambodia since the early 1990s. The EU support is intended to support the policy of the Royal Government of Cambodia, which is reflected in the government’s medium-term development plans, the EU said.
The European Union’s development assistance for Cambodia currently amounts to 410 million euro for bilateral cooperation 2014-2020 and 21 million euro for the thematic budget lines 2014-2017 (approximately 457.3 and 23.4 million USD, respectively).
With this funding, the EU can focus its support on priority sectors in Cambodia that have a significant impact on the country’s development.
Who the EU actually supports: the tycoons of Cambodia!

Lost world of Cambodia

In Cambodia, approximately 14.5 million inhabitants live on an area of 181,040 square kilometers. That corresponds to about half the area of Germany. Cambodia is not only losing valuable rainforest through illegal logging, but Singapore is digging sand out of the mangrove forests of Cambodia.
It threatens to extinguish an ecosystem, the home of many animals and plants on the Red List of endangered species, whether the Siam crocodiles, cap gibbons or even elephants.

So, like the depletion of nature in Cambodia, so the gigantic pillage takes place all over the world!


My comment: “The world is not evil, it’s just full”, I had read somewhere.

Humanity is growing every day by about 200,000 heads! This is an apocalyptic number par excellence. It is the cause by which the future of man, animal and nature will lasting and permanently destroyed.

(Genesis 1: 1-2,25): God created man in his image, in the image of God he created him; and created them as husband and wife.

And God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and conquer it and reign over the fish in the sea and over the birds under the sky and over all the beasts crawling on the earth”.
We did that.
And we have created more than this crime, we treat animals and nature as raw materials, as factory goods and our slaves, we are about to eradicate both. Of course, we can continue to breed animals as slaves, but the destruction of nature is unaffordable and soon becomes a life-threatening reality.

Therefore: be infertile and not multiply.
Reign over the manipulation and propaganda of the system and stop living on animals, exploiting animals.
That could be enough as a first measure.

My best regards to all, Venus





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