As a follow up to an earlier blog post addressing an article in the Phnom Penh Post claiming that the Kingdom’s arable land is “all but gone”, I thought I’d delve into this issue a little further and look beyond some of the obviously inaccurate numbers quoted in the article. Based on data obtained from Open Development Cambodia and other sources, I’ve put together this map, which gives a more comprehensive picture of land use and land use potential. One of the more interesting data layers I’ve used here is a watershed classification layer which “describes the potential degradation risk when cleared of […]
Details are sketchy, as the saying goes, but the rumor is that the US bombing data from SE Asia was accidentally discovered in the basement of a data clerk, when it was being cleared out after he died. Whatever the real story is, this data is still very topical, some 40 years after the fact.