Vehicles seized as authorities intervene in land clearing op

Source : Phnom Penh Post 

Stung Hav district administration intervenes in a land clearing operation on disputed land in Preah Sihanouk province. Photo supplied

Stung Hav district administration intervened in a land clearing operation on disputed land in Otres Commune on Saturday, seizing two vehicles as a warning to all parties to cease their activities until a final court verdict is reached.

Otres Commune police chief Nget Lorn told The Post that on Saturday afternoon, Stung Hav district governor Chhay Sokunda led joint authority forces in a crack down on land clearing at O’Damrei Pagoda in Otres Commune’s Village 4, Preah Sihanouk province. Continue reading

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Kampong Chhnang court put two land grabbers in detention

Source : Phnom Penh Post 

Kampong Chhnang authorities inspect the location where two suspects were caught red-handed ‘clearing protected forest land’. Photo supplied

The Kampong Chhnang provincial court on Saturday ordered the detention of two suspects charged with illegal forest clearing in Rolea Ba’ier district, said the deputy provincial prosecutor Long Sitha.

“The investigating judge ordered them to be detained. I do not remember which article of the law, but it concerned the preservation of forest land,” Sitha said. Continue reading

Preah Sihanouk governor swears to restore order

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The Sihanouk beach is filled last month. Supplied

The governor of Preah Sihanouk pledged to restore the “province’s reputation and social order” on Monday, following orders by Prime Minister Hun Sen to curb criminal activity and disorder in the area.

Yun Min was responding to the prime minister’s comments on Saturday at the Sea Festival in Koh Kong province, in which he urged the province’s leadership to “restore its reputation and prevent all crimes”, as well as ensure environmental protection. Continue reading

Preah Vihear court takes legal action against three illegal loggers

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Prey Lang and Boeung Per Wildlife Sanctuaries, though kilometres apart, see constant forestry crimes. Heng Chivoan

Preah Vihear provincial court is taking action against three suspects for illegal forest clearing in Prey Lang and Boeung Per Wildlife Sanctuaries and death threats following a complaint from a team of park rangers and the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) on Tuesday, according to Preah Vihear provincial prosecutor spokesperson Phy Sithorng. Continue reading

Kampong Thom authority impounds timber

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A man stands on a tree trunk in Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary in 2014 and watches a fire destroy pieces of lumber. Heng Chivoan

A large haul of timber believed to have been illegally logged from the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary in Kampong Thom province has been impounded after being discovered by authorities after a tip-off by local media.

Some 114 large logs were discovered in Kampong Thom’s Santuk district by local authorities on Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading

Siem Reap to clear sidewalks for public

Source : Khmer Times 

Authorities dismantle illegal constructions in the city. Supplied

Authorities in Siem Reap city are looking to take action against illegal constructions built on sidewalks and public property.

The decision came after authorities removed two shops illegally built on a sidewalk in the city last week. Continue reading

Battambang farmers struggle amid drought

Source : Khmer Times 

Farmer Sous Bopha may abandon her farming for a job in Thailand. KT/Mai Vireak

Kors Kralor district, Battambang province – Thousands of hectares of rice fields in 12 districts here have been sucked dry as drought continues to afflict farmers, with those living in Kors Kralor district hit the hardest.

Battambang is among 13 provinces hit by drought this year and farmers in multiple districts are in need of aid, with many citing unpaid debts. Continue reading