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.