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A concession is defined as the granting of a territory for its occupation and use.

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28 December 2020
Namibia
  • Reconnaissance Energy Africa, an oil and gas company with headquarters in Canada, has recently begun exploratory drilling in northern Namibia.
  • Conservationists and local communities are concerned over the potential environmental impact that oil and gas extraction could have on such an important ecosystem.
The bold plan to save Africa's largest forest_by Peter Yeung
8 January 2021
Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Congo Basin contains the world's second-largest rainforest, crucial for regulating the world's climate. Inside it, a plan to halt the forest's decline is bearing fruit.

With a gentle tug of his left hand, Patrick Wasa-Nziabo eases dozens of kernels from a sun-dried cob and into a large plastic bucket brimming with lemon-yellow corn at his bare feet.

Casinos, condos and sugar cane: How a Cambodian national park is being sold down the river
4 May 2021
Cambodia
  • Botum Sakor National Park in southern Cambodia has lost at least 30,000 hectares of forest over the past three decades.
  • Decades of environmental degradation go back to the late 1990s when the Cambodian government began handing out economic land concessions for the development of commercial plantations and tourist infrastructure.
The Phnom Penh Post
18 April 2016
Cambodia

The bulk of Cambodia’s economic land concessions (ELCs) – at the centre of numerous land disputes and human rights concerns over the past two decades – generated just $5 million for state coffers last year, with critics attributing the meagre returns to a lack of collection capacity as well as simple corruption.

The Phnom Penh Post
1 February 2012
Cambodia

The entirety of three protected forests are now classified as private land, an investigation from rights group Adhoc has found, along with tens of thousands of additional hectares of what has once been state public land.

In total, an area slightly smaller than the size of Jakarta has been reclassified since the beginning of this year.

Area burned in Indonesia fires ‘greater than the Netherlands’
22 October 2020
Indonesia


Greenpeace slams Indonesia for lack of action against the palm oil sector as vast areas of forests burned in five years.

A 150-year old obstacle to land rights
18 September 2020
Indonesia

Main photo: Protestors calling for land reform, Jakarta, September 2019 / Dhemas Reviyanto / ANTARA FOTO

Threatened species caught in crossfire of ongoing land conflict in Myanmar
10 September 2020
Myanmar
  • Conflict over how best to protect the biodiversity of Myanmar’s Tanintharyi region may be contributing to the rapid loss of its forest cover.
  • Habitats of globally threatened species, including the critically endangered Gurney’s pitta and recently discovered geckos, face destruction due to logging, agriculture and other human pressures.
Paper giant APP linked to Indonesia peat clearing despite sustainability vow
1 September 2020
Indonesia
  • Greenpeace Southeast Asia has identified nearly 3,500 hectares (8,650 acres) of peatland clearing in pulpwood plantations in Sumatra supplying Asian Pulp & Paper.
4 August 2020
South-Eastern Asia
Cambodia
Thailand

The first class action lawsuit against a Thai firm for its actions in Cambodia is a test case for transboundary disputes

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