Fires are mostly set to clear land for farming, ranching or logging; critics of Brazil's president say ranching and mining interests eager to expand their holdings have been emboldened by his oft-stated desire to increase regional development
The July 16 discovery of the waste came a few days after Prime Minister Hun Sen declared at a Cabinet meeting that Cambodia is not a dumping ground for any kind of waste and does not allow the import of any kind of plastic waste or other recyclables.
According to Forest News, Cambodia loses about 208,000 hectares of forest every year from logging. Now some local residents who rely on the forest to make their living are fighting back and asking for help. VOA’s Kevin Enochs reports.