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Cambodia's forests are being felled at a shocking rate, as poachers and corrupt officials profit from the black market trade in rare wood species, which is being exported to Vietnam — and beyond.

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The Aoral Wildlife Sanctuary in Kampong Speu province is just a three-hour drive from Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh. But the scenery here couldn't be more different than in the sprawling metropolis — even a military outpost in the reserve is peaceful and picturesque. A traditional stilt house has hammocks, chickens, and ice-cold beer. Outside, a few soldiers are playing pétanque as a black pig snuffles the earth.

Read more: Corruption fueling deforestation in Cambodia

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Grown in floods and thriving without pesticides, floating rice offers Cambodia a sustainable alternative for its eco-friendly food production amid threats from climate change.
A Cambodian boy rides on a buffalo on his way back from a floating rice field. Once common in the Lower Mekong Basin, this eco-friendly farming method is drifting towards disappearance in the region. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

KAMPONG THOM, Cambodia- The sky is pitch black when Than Bunthorn leaves home for the paddy field. His body sways atop an old oxcart as it bumps along a small dirt track. Dawn is still some hours away. But for the farmer, work begins as early as 3am.

Read more: Floating rice: The climate-resilient alternative for Cambodia’s food production

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BATTAMBANG, Cambodia – During an afternoon of sun between the rains in the village of Tuol TaAek, a group of children play outside. Nearby, the water line is evident on the villagers’ homes and fences where the floods reached a year ago.

Read more: Strengthening Resilience: Promise in a Time of Climate Change

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