Report / March 14, 2002

Reform of the Forest Crime Monitoring and Reporting Project

The Forest Crimes Monitoring and Reporting Project (FCMRP) is currently non-functional. The question for the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) and the international donor community to address is whether the FCMRP can be made to work with the continued involvement of the Department of Forestry and Wildlife (DFW), or whether the many conflicts of interest that currently exist within the department are so entrenched that DFW will never be a viable project partner and a replacement needs to be found. What is certain is that without immediate and fundamental change the FCMRP will fail and the government, the international community and Global Witness will lose all credibility if they continue to support it.