A fresh lawsuit, which involves an NGO being sued for defamation due to remarks made against individuals who have allegedly profited from timber logging in the state, has once again put the plight of local communities in the spotlight.
Cambodia's leaders are anxious to prove to the world that the forest conservation mechanism can address climate change while providing opportunities for people to thrive in a “new Cambodia”. But there are concerns about greenwash, and observers point to how such projects can end up being a guise for illicit land grabbing by ruling elites.
Given the uncertainty and public scepticism surrounding the impact of carbon credits, experts say a “course correction” is needed for VCMs. This special report looks at how the region can build more trusted and effective carbon markets.