Tragedy and Condolences in Cambodia

5/3/2012

Conservation International statement on the death of forest conservationist Chut Wutty

Chut Wutty, the Director of Cambodia’s Natural Resource Protection Group, and a well known conservationist and forest protection activist, was killed in Koh Kong Province of Cambodia on April 26 in an incident near the Russy Chrum Kraom Dam Reservoir. A military police officer also died at the scene.
 
Conservation International (CI) is extremely saddened to hear of this terrible incident. A past employee of CI, Mr. Wutty was a tireless campaigner against illegal logging, and his work raised awareness about this issue in forested landscapes across Cambodia.
 
CI supports a full and transparent investigation into this incident and any illegal logging activity that may be occurring in Cambodia’s protected forests.
 
CI is also committed to furthering its work against illegal logging in Cambodia and hopes that this tragic situation will stimulate action to reduce illegal logging in Cambodia and lead to the improvement of the management of the nation’s essential forest resources.
 
CI offers its deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of Chut Wutty and hopes that his memory will serve as catalyst for renewed efforts to protect Cambodia’s unique and precious forests, which are vitally important to the well-being of Cambodia's citizens and people everywhere.

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