Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Mondulkiri governor warns against grabbing land reserved for new airport



Mondulkiri governor warns against grabbing land reserved for new airport

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A joint force on April 07 inspected an area reserved for a new airport project in O’Raing district’s Sen Monorom commune and some parts of the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary were illegally cleared. Mondulkiri Provincial Department of Information

Mondulkiri governor warns against grabbing land reserved for new airport

The Mondulkiri Provincial Administration told local authorities to prevent encroachment on state land after an area reserved for a new airport project in O’Raing district’s Sen Monorom commune and some parts of the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary were illegally cleared.

Deputy provincial governor Cheak Mengheang said a joint force inspected the locations after it came to light that residents in the commune had been encouraged to grow illegal marijuana there. The airport project covers a total area of 600ha.

“The provincial governor has ordered that border markers be installed at the boundary of the airport construction development project and Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary,” he said.

O’Raing village chief Ung Serey Vuthy that in the Keo Seima sanctuary, some villagers and newcomers had encroached on the protected forest land since the beginning of March when police forces were occupied in the fight against Covid-19.

“Newcomers came to buy land from some villagers. After selling it, some of them started living on the community forest land and in the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary and built houses there,” he said.

Such cases have occurred almost everywhere in the sanctuary, prompting park rangers to step up patrols to halt the activity, according to sanctuary head Prum Vibol Ratanak.

He said some villagers had only been briefly detained and educated and ordered to pay fines in accordance with the laws on the protection of natural resources, while others have been sent to court for prosecution.

“Currently, our rangers have increased their patrols to prevent the illegal expansion of agricultural land found in many places,” he said.

He said most of the encroachment in the sanctuary happens in Keo Seima district’s Sre Preah and Sre Khtum communes and O’Raing district’s Sen Monorom commune.

Ratanak said his team had been working on demarcating the sanctuary’s land boundaries since 2018 with 115 border posts having been planted to date.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh placed in two-week lockdown

    The government has decided to place Phnom Penh in lockdown for two weeks, effective April 14 midnight through April 28, as Cambodia continues to grapple with the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19, which has seen no sign of subsiding. According to a directive signed by Prime Minister

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Hun Sen: Stay where you are, or else

    Prime Minister Hun Sen warned that the two-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Kandal provincial town Takmao could be extended if people are not cooperative by staying home. “Now let me make this clear: stay in your home, village, and district and remain where

  • Businesses in capital told to get travel permit amid lockdown through One Window Service

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration has issued guidelines on how to get travel permission for priority groups during the lockdown of Phnom Penh, directing private institutions to apply through the municipality's One Window Service and limit their staff to a mere two per cent. In

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Ministry names types of business permitted amid lockdown

    The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training singled out 11 types of business that are permitted to operate during the lockdown of Phnom Penh and Takmao town, which run through April 28. Those include (1) food-processing enterprises and slaughterhouses; (2) providers of public services such as firefighting, utility and