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Thailand: Cambodia rosewood logger shot dead by Thai soldiers
Soldiers in Thailand fatally shot a logger from Battambang province who slipped across the border with six other Cambodians to cut rosewood on Wednesday night, authorities said.
Teng Sal, 37, who illegally crossed from Cambodia’s Pursat province into Thailand’s neighboring Trat province, was shot twice in the back and died in a Thai hospital, according to provincial police chief Sarun Chanthy.
* Learn more in the EIA report 'Routes of Extinction: The corruption and violence destroying Siamese rosewood in the Mekong' at ht.ly/oY2g302vvnW
“They went to cut rosewood on the Thai side, and Thai soldiers chased them and shot one of our citizens to death,” said Major General Chanthy, who received a report about the incident from Thai authorities on Thursday morning.
Patrolling Thai soldiers found the seven loggers about 3 to 4 km inside Thai territory, and all but Teng Sal made it back across the border safely, he said.
Full story at www.cambodiadaily.com/news/rosewood-logger-shot-dead-by-thai-soldiers-115757/
#Thailand #Cambodia #rosewood #illegallogging
Image: Thai military patrol to prevent illegal logging of rosewood (c) Roger Arnold ... See MoreSee Less
19 hours ago ·
Bulgaria: Record number of dolphin deaths along Bulgaria's Black Sea coast
Carcasses of dolphins are washing up on Bulgaria's Black Sea beaches at a higher than normal rate, with a record 108 dead animals discovered this year, local authorities said on Thursday.
The cause of the deaths has yet to be determined, said Environment Minister Ivelina Vasileva after collecting information by regional centers, adding that 77 of the dead dolphins were found in the southern part of the country's Black Sea coast.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov on Thursday called for a special meeting with conservation organisations to try to find a solution to the record number of deaths and said on his official Facebook page that steps are being taken to ban fishing in areas populated by the protected species.
The number of dead dolphins in 2016 is significantly higher than the 56 found last year and the previous record of 74 in 2012.
Full story at www.reuters.com/article/us-bulgaria-dolphins-idUSKCN1011JQ
#Bulgaria #BlackSea #dolphins
Image: Short-beaked common dolphin, by Gregory "Slobirdr" Smith ... See MoreSee Less
20 hours ago ·
How to Stop Deforestation? Give Indigenous People Rights to Land, says UN Expert
Indigenous people are better than governments at preventing forests from being cut and should be seen as a solution, not a barrier to protecting them, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People said.
Indigenous peoples and communities have claims to two thirds of the world's land but are legally recognized as holding only 10 percent, according to think thank World Resources Institute (WRI).
Without title deeds, indigenous communities may find their land is taken over for major development projects such as palm oil plantations and logging.
"Society thinks that indigenous peoples are claiming land that they shouldn't be having because it should be used for expanded food production," U.N. Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
But giving indigenous peoples rights to land was a guarantee that forests, which store carbon and contribute to food security would continue to exist, Tauli-Corpuz said.
Read in full at jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/international/stop-deforestation-give-indigenous-people-rights-land-u...
#indigenous #forests #deforestation United Nations World Resources Institute
Image: Rubber tapper, Muara Tae, Indonesia, May 2012 (c) EIA ... See MoreSee Less
21 hours ago ·