Koh Kong’s provincial administration instructed all of its district authorities and relevant departments to inspect all construction and sea reclamation projects to determine whether they were done legally, with permission and up to standards, or illegally.

The administration said that all illegal construction including reclamation of the sea and canals is prohibited and must be prevented.

The orders were issued at a meeting held on November 17 to review registrations of state land led by Deputy Provincial Governor Sok Sothy, according to the administration.

The meeting was attended by land management officials from each district, officials from the Ministry of Environment and officers in charge of the military units assigned to the province.

They also plan to inspect certain suspect locations and take measurements of the land there while mapping the areas in more detail and marking their borders.

It was stressed in the meeting that the land controlled by the military based in the province that is located in protected areas must not be developed, constructed upon or otherwise used without first receiving permission to do so from the environment ministry.