Ministry to investigate Prey Lang land grabs

Source: Khmer Times

The Prey Lang Community Network in Preah Vihear province has asked the government to investigate the building of homes in a protected area by a group of families claiming they were granted a social land concession.

Phok Hong, a PLCN representative, said the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 2016, and since then, about 700 families have grabbed land totalling nearly 5,000 hectares to build homes.
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Appeasing the ancestors

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Community members conduct a sacrificing ceremony yesterday to reassure their angry ancestors in Stung Treng’s Kbal Romeas commune after ten of the villagers fell sick. Photo supplied

After being evicted from their homes as water levels rose, 100 ethnic Phnong villagers returned yesterday to their native Kbal Romeas commune – now in the reservoir of the Lower Sesan II Dam – to sacrifice a buffalo in an attempt to reassure their purportedly angry ancestors after 10 of the villagers fell sick.
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Free Mother Nature activists, say NGOs

Source: Khmer Times

One of the activists detained in September. Supplied

Twenty-two NGOs released a joint statement yesterday demanding the release of two activists detained by Koh Kong Provincial Court after recording a video of sand dredging.

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Life returns to exploited land

Source: Khmer Times

A total of 16 species of rare birds have returned to Boeung Sne Conservation Area since the area was designated a protected site. KT/Mom Sophon

As the sun sets on the Boeung Sne Conservation Area, birdsong swells over the lake. An egret flies to its nest and other birds take to the air, surprised by visitors in a rowing boat.

Chea Sarith looks out from his office overlooking the Prey Veng province flooded forest where 16 species of bird have returned since the area was protected. These include rare species such as the marabou.

Not long ago there was little wildlife there due to loss of forest and illegal hunting.

“The people who live near the lake are happy to see the lost animals from the area return,” says Mr Sarith, president of the WOMEN non-government organisation.

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Land grab ‘instigator’ sought

Source: Khmer Times

A file photo shows a local government official speaking to people who built homes in the area. KT/Seng Siphan

Preah Sihanouk authorities are searching for a mastermind they say has been inciting people to grab land in the province after hundreds of families illegally moved onto plots in Prey Nop district’s Bit Trang commune.

Preah Sihanouk Governor Yun Min said yesterday that the land grabbing in Bit Trang commune had sparked many land disputes, prompting the authorities to deploy forces to stop the invasions.

He appealed to the public to stop the illegal land grabbing.

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Marine park to be created in Preah Sihanouk

Source: Phnom Penh Post

The marine park will aim to protect underwater biodiversity. Supplied

For the first time, a marine park will be created in Preah Sihanouk province to manage and protect the natural resources of the region.

The initiative comes from the Ministry of Environment. Environment Minister Say Samal said this followed the creation of Koh Rong National Park, alongside which the marine sanctuary will be created.

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Kratie cops caught ignoring timber hauls

Source: Phnom Penh Post

A screenshot from a video posted by local news outlet Khlei Khloem Daily on Facebook shows vehicles loaded with timber passing through police checkpoints in Kratie province. Photo supplied

Police in Kratie province were caught on video letting potentially illegal timber transporters pass through their checkpoints on Monday night, with provincial police yesterday suggesting they were powerless to crack down on such shipments as many transporters possessed axes and machetes and were addicted to drugs.
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