New $23b Kampot resort

Source: Khmer Times 

A view of the coastal town of Kampot and its river from the air. A new resort complex called French Riviera Marina will be built in Kampot and nearby Kep. Kampot Property

Located in southern Cambodia, Kampot has been attracting investors’ attention in recent times mainly because of the latest mega development project announced for the province.

The first large-scale international project slated for the region is called the French Riviera Marina; a project valued at $23.2 billion, which will be constructed along the coastal area of Kampot and Kep.

According to the developer, the Pallas Group, the French Riviera in Kampot will offer a secure ocean-side parkland community, consisting of hotels, villas, apartments, a water park, private and artificial beaches, a golf course, a marina, an amusement park and a shopping centre, among other facilities.

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Graft props up illegal timber trade: activist

Source: Khmer Times

Most of the timber that left Vietnam from January to June was sawn wood and raw logs. Supplied

Environmental activist Ouch Leng yesterday alleged that the Cambodian and Vietnamese governments have created a system of corruption that supports the illegal timber trade, while also touting an end to illegal logging and timber exports.

President of the Cambodian Human Rights Task Force Mr Leng also alleged that  commitment to forest protection is a lie from both Cambodia and Vietnam because they are making millions of dollars from smuggling and selling illegal timber.

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Environment Law draft in pipeline

Source: Khmer Times

Environment Minister Say Samal. KT/Fabien Mouret

A new Environment and Natural Resources Law is to be submitted to the National Assembly by the end of this year.

Environment Ministry officials yesterday met lawyers helping them draft the law.

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Storms forecast brings flood alert

Source: Khmer Times

A man carries a bag during floods. KT/Ven Rathavong

Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology Lim Kean Hor has urged local authorities and the public to be wary of impending floods caused by heavy rains expected from today until Sunday.

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Various wild animal horns confiscated after a raid

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Some of the seized horns from the raid. Supplied

Officials from the forestry administration raided a home in Mondulkiri province’s O’Raing district on Tuesday, confiscating the remains and horns of various endangered animals and making one arrest.

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Dispute in Kampot sees three charged

Source: Phnom Penh Post

A soldier watches while company representatives tear down a house that villagers were building on what authorities claim is company land. Photo supplied

Three people involved in a violent confrontation over disputed land in Kampot province last week have been charged by an investigating judge and a fourth was arrested yesterday. Continue reading

Negotiations over decade-old land dispute in the works

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Authorities say they are close to resolving a land dispute between a rubber company and villagers in Anlong Veng commune after Oddar Meanchey Provincial Governor Sar Thavy on Monday ordered stakeholders to accelerate talks.

Vong Pheak, Anlong Veng commune chief, said that after spending three hours meeting with stakeholders, Tomring Rubber Co Ltd has agreed to carve out land for families with verifiable claims to the property.
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