Reports from the UK environmental organisation Global Watch estimate that between January 1996 and April 1997, US $116 million in timber was illegally exported from Cambodia. The reports allege logging companies are working without permits and making payments to supporters of Mr Hun Sen, who overthrew Norodom Ranariddh in a coup. In addition, the "anarchic situation" caused by the coup has led to indiscriminate logging in a number of areas controlled by military officials loyal to Hun Sen. Illegal logging is seen as an important means for funding provincial military authorities and the various private security forces. Cambodia has lost 35 percent of its forest cover in the past two decades.