11 Apr 2011:
Cambodia Halts Large Mine,
Sparing A Vital Threatened Rainforest
The Cambodian government has canceled a controversial titanium mining project
in one of the last remaining intact rainforests in Southeast Asia, citing environmental concerns. In an unexpected announcement, Prime Minister Hun Sen withdrew a concession already granted to the United Khmer Group to mine a 4,400-hectare area in the Cardamom Mountains, citing “the impact on the environment and biodiversity as well as the living standards of the people.” Environmental groups and local media had fought the project, saying it would threaten Cambodia’s growing ecotourism industry and critical habitat for 70 threatened and vulnerable species, including the critically endangered Siamese crocodile. The mine also would have blocked the migration route for the largest population of elephants in Cambodia. “United Khmer Group had promised staggering revenues for the government, and we applaud the courageous decision of the prime minister to see the greater value of the forest as it currently stands,” said Suwanna Gauntlett
, CEO of the nonprofit Wildlife Alliance, which led the campaign against the project.
Yale Environment 360 is
a publication of the
Yale School of Forestry
& Environmental Studies
Yale Environment 360
articles are now available in Spanish and Portuguese on Universia
, the online educational network. Visit the site.
Business & Innovation
Policy & Politics
Pollution & Health
Science & Technology
Antarctica and the Arctic
Central & South America
Photographer Robert Wintner documents the exquisite beauty and biodiversity of Cuba’s unspoiled coral reefs. View the gallery.
is now available for mobile devices at e360.yale.edu/mobile
The Warriors of Qiugang
, a Yale Environment 360
video, chronicles a Chinese village’s fight against a polluting chemical plant. It was nominated for a 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.
Watch the video.
Top Image: aerial view of Iceland
. © Google & TerraMetrics.
A three-part series Tainted Harvest
looks at the soil pollution crisis in China, the threat it poses to the food supply, and the complexity of any cleanup. Read the series.