According to images released on social media by a local resident, hundreds of trees in the Dong Hua Sao National Bio-Diversity Conservation Area have been cut down in preparation for cassava plantations.
The Dong Hua Sao National Protected Area is located about 30 kilometers east of Pakse and about 10 kilometers south of central Paksong district. It covers an area some 1,100 sq km in size and was declared a national protected area in 1993.
The government has said it plans to develop the area for ecotourism as part of efforts to move toward sustainable tourism.
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