World Rainforest Movement

Forest destruction for poverty reduction: The Tum Ring rubber Plantation

by Andrew Cock.

In “Plantations are not Forests. Commercial Tree Plantations in the Mekong Region”.Vol. 9 No. 3 March – June 2004. Published by Towards Ecological Recovery and Regional Alliance (TERRA)

Obsolete concepts of “poverty” and “development”, combined with powerful and unaccountable political and business interests, consistently result in the destruction of forests and the forest-based means of livelihood of local communities. The highly productive forest and secure means of livelihood of the communities of Tum Ring commune in central Cambodia are being replaced by a monoculture rubber plantation and severe hardships. Andrew Cock explains how a plantation for “poverty reduction” has enriched a few and impoverished many.


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