Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Villagers in Sihanoukville ask for parcels of forest

Villagers in Sihanoukville ask for parcels of forest

Villagers in Sihanoukville ask for parcels of forest

Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities on Wednesday made a field visit after villagers from the local communities requested a carve-out of parts of a 303-hectare forest land for 68 families in Prey Nub district’s Samrung commune.

Soum Sophat who represented the 68 families said the villagers were happy with the authority’s response, though they had little hope that their requests would be granted.

He said the villagers have made the same request for years but to no avail. Following the July 29 national elections, the authority made a field visit to determine if they could cede some plots of the forest land to the communities.

“Officials came to inspect the area but said they couldn’t promise anything as yet. They would forward our request to the Agriculture Ministry … so I don’t have much hope,” he said.

Villagers in the area are poor and do not have enough land to cultivate crops – their only source of income.

Sihanouk provincial hall spokesperson Y Thearin said his officials had inspected the area as requested by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to collect data before sending a report to it for further action.

“I don’t know about the outcome. It depends on the ministry. They asked us to find out if there are people living in the area, if the villagers really farm there and if there is forest land as claimed,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Ethnic group ‘disappointed’ to be denied French visas to attend court

    Eleven people at the centre of a case involving seven indigenous Bunong villages in Mondulkiri province pursuing legal action in France have expressed disappointment after the French embassy in Phnom Penh denied their visa applications to attend court. A press release said the 11 included a

  • Cambodia nabs 12th place in best retirement destinations

    Cambodia is an expatriate hotspot for those dreaming of living a more luxurious lifestyle at an affordable cost, according to International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2019. For the fourth year in a row, Cambodia took the top spot in the Cost of Living category.

  • EU starts EBA withdrawal

    The EU on Monday announced that it has begun the 18-month process of withdrawing the Kingdom’s access to its preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement over “a deterioration of democracy [and] respect for human rights”. However, the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) said

  • PM: War result of foreign meddling

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Sunday that Cambodia’s recent history of conflict was caused by foreign interference. “The wars that happened were caused by provocation, incitement, support, smearing and interference from foreign powers, and the group of ignorant people who pushed Cambodia to