Stung Treng provincial governor Svay Sam Eang on May 3 reiterated a call for authorities and security forces to step up forestry crime prevention and control, maintain security and public order, and address challenges facing locals in the northeastern province.

The call came during a meeting to review the progress and achievements of the provincial administration for April and set plans for the coming month.

At the meeting, Sam Eang highlighted the importance of improving the quality of the administration’s work and promoting development in the province across the full spectrum of sectors.

Stung Treng provincial police chief Auth Sivutha reiterated his commitment to crime management and control in the province, leveraging the safe village-commune policy.

The administration affirmed that the province has markedly stepped up efforts in the past five years to safeguard and manage natural resource protection areas, including the 990sq km Virachey National Park, 440sq km Veun Sai-Siem Pang National Park, 1,210sq km Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary, 1,330sq km Siem Pang Wildlife Sanctuary and 146sq km Ramsar Site.