'Big rice' killing Khmer wetlands
- Published: 18 Mar 2013 at 08.51
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Around half of Cambodia's tropical flooded grasslands have been lost in just 10 years, mostly to new rice farms by new agrobusiness ventures, according to research published on Monday.
The sarus crane is one of 11 globally threatened bird species native to Cambodia's northwest grasslands, and threatened by massive commercial land grabs. This photo by Dr Charlotte Packman was released as part of a report by the University of East Anglia.
Scientists from England's University of East Anglia said big companies have swept into the region, blocked off local communities, and set up commercial rice farms.
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