Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Logging equipment seized from protected area



Logging equipment seized from protected area

Logging equipment seized from protected area

Four pieces of heavy machinery used for clearing protected forest in the Southern Cardamom Mountains in Kampong Speu’s Oral district were seized during a forest patrol on Monday.

According to Chea Hean, director of the Natural Resources and Wildlife Preservation Organization (NRWPO), about one hectare of the protected forest in Tasal commune had already been cleared when he and four rangers from Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary discovered four excavators and bulldozers during a patrol. Three of the four drivers escaped into the forest, though they managed to question the remaining driver.

“He claimed that the clearing was legal and we asked him to retrieve any legal documents to show us, but he never returned,” Hean said, adding that no one had since made a complaint against the rangers despite the driver’s claim.

The machinery is being impounded at the ranger station while the NRWPO is searching for its owners and the person behind the land clearance.

Hean also said NRWPO would send a letter to Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary director Khorn Sokhun requesting that they make the cleared land state property before replanting the forest.

Sokhun could not be reached for comment yesterday. Chan Chhom, Tasal commune chief, and district governor Muong Thy claimed to be unaware of the crimes, though they said they would look into the case.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Ministry mulls ASEAN+3 travel bubble

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to launch a travel bubble allowing transit between Cambodia and 12 other regional countries in a bid to resuscitate the tourism sector amid crushing impact of the ongoing spread of Covid-19, Ministry of Tourism spokesman Top Sopheak told The Post on

  • Kingdom accepts Chinese vaccine, PM first to get jab

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said China would offer Cambodia an immediate donation of one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by the Sinopharm company. In an audio message addressing the public on the night of January 15, he said Cambodia has accepted the offer and

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • Quarantine site in north Phnom Penh inaugurated

    A four-building quarantine centre in Phnom Penh’s Prek Pnov district was formally inaugurated on January 6. The centre can house up to 500 people, according to Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng. At the inauguration ceremony, Sreng said the municipal hall had cooperated with the Ministry

  • More than 5K workers rush from Thailand amid outbreak

    Following the recent outbreak of Covid-19 in Thailand’s Samut Sakhon province, Cambodian migrants working in Thailand were gripped by worry over the situation and many rushed to return to their homeland. Over the past 10 days, more than 5,000 migrant workers have returned from Thailand through