Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Hundreds of hectares cleared in Mondulkiri: gov



Hundreds of hectares cleared in Mondulkiri: gov

Hundreds of hectares cleared in Mondulkiri: gov

Mondulkiri’s provincial governor yesterday said officials are investigating allegations of the clearing of 200 to 300 hectares of protected forestland in Keo Seima district.

Villagers and district officials informed provincial authorities of the allegations of people clearing the forestland and asked for intervention, said Mondulkiri Provincial Governor Svay Sam Eang.

The land in question is located in Sre Chhouk commune and is under the control of the Ministry of Environment.

A military officer and a police officer were among those under investigation, Sam Eang noted. But so far, there was no evidence proving their involvement.

Sam Eang said officials believe it was migrants who were clearing the land, then selling it to other newcomers to the area, in cooperation with local villagers.

“We already identified three to four dealers,” he said. “I think we will bring those people to face the law; they did illegal logging and depleted natural resources.”

It will take a few more days for the investigation to be completed, he added.

MOST VIEWED

  • Municipal hall releases map detailing colour coded Covid risks by commune

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng released an official map detailing the red, yellow and dark yellow zones within the city under the new lockdown orders for Phnom Penh announced on April 26. The designation of red, dark yellow and yellow corresponds to areas with high,

  • Inter-provincial travel ban lifted; Phnom Penh and Takmao not exempted

    The government on April 25 decided to lift the inter-provincial travel ban and the closure of tourist attractions across the country, effectively immediately. The travel ban and closures of all resorts were imposed on April 6 and 17 respectively in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19,

  • Phnom Penh unveils rules for post-lockdown transition

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration issued a set of detailed guidelines for the seven days to May 12 after the capital emerges from lockdown at the onset of May 6. In the 14-page document signed by municipal governor Khuong Sreng released on the evening of May 5, the

  • Phnom Penh, Takmao lockdown extended for another week

    The government late on April 26 announced an extension of lockdown in Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province for another seven days – or longer if residents do not comply with Covid-19 preventive measures and the community outbreak does not subside – until May 5. According

  • Gov't mulls extension of Phnom Penh, Takmao lockdown

    The Inter-ministerial National Commission for the Control and Enforcement of Lockdown held a video conference meeting on April 25 to review a draft document on the extension of lockdown in Phnom Penh and adjacent Kandal province’s Takmao town. The meeting was chaired by Minister of

  • Gov’t issues guidelines as lockdown nears end

    The government has issued a five-page set of instructions to be enforced when the three-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province ends on May 6. According to an announcement signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 4, the instructions cover a