But with the Khmer Rouge gone and as Cambodia has opened up the forest has faced new dangers from all angles despite the allocation of Nationa Park status. Land enchroachment, poachers, illegal loggers, hydro-electric dams and even illegal drug distilleries have all been chipping away at its peripheries over the years and now venture deeper and deeper. How much of this great forest will be lost before real protection can finally save it?
Over the last 5 years I have travelled in to the Cardamom Forest to work on various stories ranging from the conservation of the Siamese crocodile, tracking down of illegal sassafras oil distilleries by forest rangers to a Buddhist-monk lead movement trying to prevent the construction of a ill-thoughtout hydro-electric dam. This gallery shows a selection of my photographs from these trips.