A surprising reversal has made environmentalists and animal welfare advocates ecstatic. In February, the Cambodian government approved the construction of a huge titanium mine in the middle of the Southwest Elephant Corridor in the Cardamom Mountain rainforest in Cambodia. This area is home to more than 100 endangered Asian elephants and many other endangered and at-risk species.
Prime Minister Hun Sen reversed his February agreement with the United Khmer mining group and has denied permission to continue with the titanium mine. A press release Friday morning said: “Due to the concerns of the impact on the environment, biodiversity and local livelihoods [Prime Minister] Hun Sen has announced to not permit the titanium mining operation that is located in Koh Kong province.”
Over 90,000 Care2 members signed two petitions advocating for the protection of this rainforest and the precious animals that live there. Things were not looking hopeful in February, but we are so excited to say that all of the hard work and involvement of our members and Wildlife Alliance has paid off.
“We are elated by the decision of Prime Minister Hun Sen. It is incredibly encouraging to see that the prime minister has looked so deeply into this proposed titanium mine and taken the effort to weigh the consequences that this project would have on the rainforest and the local people,” said Wildlife Alliance CEO Suwanna Gauntlett. “United Khmer Group had promised staggering revenues for the government, and we applaud the courageous decision of the prime minister to see the greater value of the forest as it currently stands.”
Thanks for remaining hopeful and continuing to fight for Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains and all of the species who call this rainforest their home.
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