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Cambodia approves, then suspends, marble mine in Keo Seima REDD+ project

The Cambodian government has suspended a planned marble mine inside a wildlife sanctuary that it had approved just months earlier. It’s not clear why this commercial extractive concession inside a protected area was approved in the first place, or why it’s now been suspended (but not canceled). The mine would have threatened an important REDD+ project in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary that benefits both local communities and the area’s biodiversity.https://news.mongabay.com/2023/08/cambodia-approves-then-suspends-marble-mine-in-keo-seima-redd-project/

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  • johnte ndeto

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    Marble maze mining inside a wildlife sanctuary is very dangerous in exposing the wildlife as well as their habitat

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    • Esther Wanjiku

      15 w

      The approval was very flawed and we are glad it could not proceed

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      • George Kariuki

        16 w

        It's important to remember that sustainable development requires a balance between economic progress, environmental protection, and social justice.

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        • Elizabeth Gathigia

          16 w

          It's a good decision, the government should not just suspend the project, but should disapprove it completely

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          • Princess

            16 w

            This cautious approach reflects a willingness to prioritize the protection of vital ecosystems and biodiversity over short-term economic gains.

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            • Joseph Githinji

              16 w

              This is a good decision, but canceling will make things better, having a marble mine in the midst of a wildlife sanctuary means so much harm. This is going to affect biodiversity in the land of Cambodia.

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              • walter lungayi

                16 w

                This decision highlights the importance of balancing economic development with environmental conservation, especially in protected areas.

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                • Munene Mugambi

                  16 w

                  I'm sure this decision was greatly influenced by the backlash of the environmental community

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                  • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

                    16 w

                    The Cambodian government's decision to initially approve and later suspend a marble mine within the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary raises concerns about the integrity of environmental protection efforts, particularly in the context of the REDD+ project. The approval and subsequent suspension without clear explanations suggest a lack of transparency and accountability in the decision-making process.

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                    • CHRIS NGATIA

                      16 w

                      This is great ... The marble mine in Keo Seima needs to be cancelled even not being suspended

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                      • Gorffly mokua

                        16 w

                        Great! The decision to suspend the marble mine in Keo Seima REDD+ project shows a willingness to prioritize environmental protection and support sustainable development.

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                        • Jane Wangui

                          16 w

                          @gorffly_mokua we hope that the suspension stands.

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