The Vietnamese Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) company, the majority shareholder of several economic land concessions in Ratanakkiri province, on Friday rebuffed accusations that it had logged forests and forced evictions, claiming that its activities improved the environment and the livelihoods of locals. Through several companies, HAGL said it holds almost 40,000 hectares of land concessions in Ratanakkiri province, about four times more than a single company is allowed to hold under Cambodian law. In May, environmental watchdog group Global Witness released a hard-hitting report saying that HAGL oversaw the destruction of high-value evergreen and semi-evergreen forest in
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