Habitat loss

There is little evidence that the amount of Dry Forest habitats in Cambodia lost thus far is posing an extinction threat to any species. However, loss and fragmentation of habitat into blocks too small and isolated to conserve populations of many species is a growing threat.

Uncontrolled immigration, agricultural conversion and infrastructure developments all contribute to habitat loss.

More people are moving into the Dry Forests, initially along the rivers and the developing road system. Some of this in-migration is planned and encouraged by governments, while some happens informally as poor, landless people, as well as political and/or economic refugees from other countries, search for a better life.

Moreover, natural vegetation is being cleared in order to increase levels of agricultural production and provide long-term economic opportunities in the area.

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