28 Jul '11, 2pm

Revealed: how the Vietnamese military fuels destruction of Laos' forests

Revealed: how the Vietnamese military fuels destruction of Laos' forests

Undercover investigators first encountered the Vietnamese Company of Economic Cooperation (COECCO) in October 2010 during a visit to Qui Nhon port, central Vietnam, documenting huge piles of logs bearing green paint marks and tagged with yellow labels bearing a Vietnamese name which translated into Company of Economic Cooperation – Ministry of Defence (or COECCO). A port worker told us 95 per cent of the logs had come from Laos and most were owned by the Vietnamese military; specifically Military Zone 4. Similarly marked logs were observed in a huge storage area between the two formal checkpoints at the Bo Y border crossing and we were eventually able to confirm that most of them had come from logging operations linked to the construction of the nearby Xe Kaman 1 hydropower dam. To uncover more details of the company’s operations, our investigators travelled to COECCO’s he...

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