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Southeast Asia’s largest lowland rainforest spared from new land concessions

August 06, 2012

Four economic land concessions have been cancelled in Cambodia's Prey Lang forest, known as the largest intact lowland forest in Southeast Asia, reports the Phnom Penh Post

The economic land concessions, totaling over 40,000 hectares, would have been used for rubber plantations.

Prey Lang forest is home to some 350,000 people, many from the Kuy ethnic group, who depend on its resources for their livelihoods. Most locals have vocally opposed economic land concessions in the region, including by staging protests dressed as 'Avatars' from the popular eco-science-fiction film, Avatar. Still even as Prey Lang is spared from new economic land concessions, locals are fighting existing ones.

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