Posted by: ourforest2 | August 24, 2011

EarthAction for Prey Lang!

Earth Action, an international NGO based in the US, has launched a letter-writing campaign to save Prey Lang.  They are encouraging folks from all over the world to write letters to Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen and several over government decision-makers to tell them why we all need to save Prey Lang.

EarthAction’s mission is to inform and inspire people everywhere to turn their concern, passion and outrage into meaningful action for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.

Here is the letter that Lois Barber, EarthAction’s Director, has sent to the Prime Minister.

Dear Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, 

I am writing to you as Executive Director of EarthAction, a global network of over 2,600 organizations in 16 5 countries, to urge you to do everything in your power to protect the Prey Lang forest which is an important resource for the people of Cambodia, of Southeast Asia, and of the world. 

The forest provides a home and livelihood for the almost 200,000 members of the Kuy community who depend upon it for their culture. 
In addition, Prey Lang has great environmental importance with its seven distinct ecosystems including a unique primordial swamp forest, and its great bio-diveristy. It is also a primary watershed regulating water and sedi ment flow to the Tonle Sap Basin, and is an important fish spawning area, Prey Lang is vital for Cambodia’s long-term environmental sustainability and for food and water security. Left standing, the Prey Lang forest has among the highest carbon sequestration values in the region, and is a powerhouse for fighting global warming. 

EarthAction is a global network of over 2,600 Partner Organizations in more than 165 countries that work together for peace, human rights, the environment and sustainability. We ask you to take the following actions: 

–Suspend all logging and mining concessions in the greater Prey Lang area

–Confer Prey Lang with protected status and enforce its protection

–Replant already cleared areas of the forest

–Commit to sustainably managing the forest in cooperation with the Prey Lang Community Network.
Please let us know what you will do to protect this important resource. The whole word is watching and hoping for your environmental and human rights leadership. 

Sincerely, 
Lois Barber
Executive Director
For guidance on how to writer your own letter
to Prime Minister Hun Sen and other decision-makers,
please go to
Prey Lang – It’s YOUR forest too!

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