A district-level Environment Ministry official on Thursday retracted comments he made last week when he claimed proper monitoring of logging inside Ratanakkiri province’s Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary was impossible because his ministry did not know the boundaries of private land concessions in the protected zone. On November 20, Chou Sopheak, director of Lumphat district’s environment department, said the boundaries of economic land concessions (ELCs) in the sanctuary were not marked and environment officials did not have maps to indicate the exact size and location of the privately held tracts. Mr. Sopheak’s comments followed the discovery of thousands of pieces
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