A district-level Environment Ministry official in Ratanakkiri province on Wednesday claimed that he had no way to determine the legality of logging operations by firms with private land concessions inside the provinceís Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary. The claim by Chou Sopheak, director of Lumphat districtís environment department, follows revelations that an agro-industry firm, Daun Penh Agrico Co. Ltd., has engaged in the systematic logging of rare and protected species of trees in an unauthorized area of the wildlife sanctuary. Mr. Sopheak, who is responsible for the sanctuary, said he didnít even know the boundaries of the official land concessions
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