“The Oddar Meanchey REDD project model is centered on local people’s participation in forest management,” said Ty Sokhun, head of Cambodia’s Forestry Administration in 2009. Five years later logging is rampant in the project area. Local people and the project developers are powerless to stop it. The Cambodian government does not seem interested.
Things just keep getting worse for the Oddar Meanchey REDD project in Cambodia. According to a report last week in the Cambodia Daily, logging is now so rampant that community leaders have given up on REDD.
Yesterday, I wrote a post about the Oddar Meanchey REDD project in Cambodia, based in part on a report in the Cambodia Daily about the Cambodian army bulldozing villagers’ community forests to make way for army outposts on the Thai-Cambodian border.
In June 2013, two potential buyers of carbon credits from the Oddar Meanchey REDD project walked away after the government failed to meet a deadline to sign off on the carbon credit deal. Earlier this month, Voice of America reported that the project is “up and running”.
Cambodia’s first REDD project is in trouble after two potential buyers of carbon credits walked away after the government missed a deadline to sign off on the carbon credit deal, reports the Cambodia Daily.