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Botum Sakor National Park destroyed

Posted by gregmccann1 on 22/6/2014 at 22:38

A Chinese developer has clear-cut 45,000 hectares of Botum Sakor National Park down in Koh Kong and evicted all families living there. I know a guy who lives down that way and he estimates about 80 wild elephants have been rendered homeless as a result of this project, and they are now coming into conflict with humans. It's sad that the original vision of preserving this area as a site of natural heritage of virgin jungle on the coast with wild beaches has been sold to a Chinese developer that is simply ravaging the entire area now.

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Posted by MADMAC on 23/6/2014 at 09:28

Guess I'll strike Botum Sokor off my travel list.

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Posted by gregmccann1 on 23/6/2014 at 09:34

Apparently sections of it had been degraded for some time (which national parks or "protected" areas of Cambodia aren't). It's just that once it's paved over and the golf courses and airports and hotels arrive, it's "game over" -at least for nature.

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Posted by MADMAC on 23/6/2014 at 13:16

I'm not a nature guy. It looks like it's game over already from your description though.

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Posted by gregmccann1 on 23/6/2014 at 23:02

There is a 6-minute video about what's happening at Botum Sakor here.

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