Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Dumpsite at Samlot still awaits green light



Dumpsite at Samlot still awaits green light

Dumpsite at Samlot still awaits green light

Doubts have been cast on long-standing plans for a 34-hectare dumpsite in Pailin’s Samlot Protected Forest following an inspection by the environment minister on Saturday.

The area, which is under the joint protection of the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation (MJP), was canvassed as a potential dumpsite by the Ministry of Environment in 2010. Since then, locals have cleared some 20 hectares of the land and begun to cultivate it for farming with the blessing of provincial authorities.

Ministry spokesman Sao Sopheap yesterday said that following the inspection, the minister has called for further research before the project would be approved.

“[We want to know] all the indicators affecting the decision before we can determine if the location is appropriate for dumping,” he said.

However, a ranger participating in last week’s visit, who wished to remain anonymous as he was not authorised to speak to the media, told the Post that the minister had instructed provincial authorities to find a new site as the mountainous terrain was unfit for the purpose.

“I heard with my own ears that the minister said he does not agree with it and told the provincial director of the department [Kem Sokha] to find a new place,” the ranger said.

But Sokha denied that the project had been ruled out and said in an interview that an evaluation was still under way together with the ministry.

“We want to know if and how it would work, which depends on the site assessment and environmental effects,” Sokha said.

The MJP was not available for comment yesterday.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Locations shut, dozens more Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health has closed 23 locations in connection with the February 20 community transmission of Covid-19 and summoned for testing anyone who had direct contact with affected people and places. The number of discovered related infections has risen to 76, including 39 women. In a press release,

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said

  • PM confirms third Covid-19 community transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on February 20 announced the Kingdom's third outbreak of Covid-19 community transmission after 32 people tested positive in just over 10 hours. Addressing the public from his residence after an emergency meeting, Hun Sen said: "I dub it February 20 Community Event, in which 32 cases

  • AstraZeneca jabs touch down in Phnom Penh airport

    The first shipment of 324,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/SII vaccine which was provided through the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility was delivered to Phnom Penh International Airport on March 2. The rest of the COVAX provided vaccines will arrive in Cambodia at a later date.