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The Environment Ministry and Apsara Authority held events over the weekend to plant a total of 4,000 trees in Preah Vihear and Siem Reap provinces in a bid to replenish natural resources, especially luxury wood in the Kingdom.

Ministry officials and the community on Sunday planted 2,000 trees in the protected Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary while Apsara Authority, in cooperation with the private sector, on Saturday planted 2,000 luxury wood trees in the Angkor area.

Roth Vireak, an undersecretary of state at the Environment Ministry, said at Sunday’s event in Preah Vihear province that Cambodia currently has about 56 protected forest reserves and biodiversity conservation areas covering about 7.5 million hectares of land, equivalent to 41 percent of the Kingdom’s total land mass.

He noted that the government is working hard to find mechanisms to address challenges and protect natural resources, in collaboration with development partners, to improve the living conditions of the community and increase reforestation at protected areas.

“Increasing the forest cover through reforestation contributes to reducing climate change,” Mr Vireak said. “In addition, the community can use the timber products to meet the needs of their daily life or they can create and provide eco tourism services to support their livelihoods and better community development.”

Ear Sokha, provincial forestry cantonment director, yesterday said that different species of trees, including luxury ones, were planted to replenish areas which suffered deforestation and to increase the forest cover.

“The community can also make use of the timber products in the future, in a sustainable way and it can request the relevant institutions for advice on forest management,” he said.

Mr Sokha said that since early this year, about 6,000 to 7,000 trees have been planted in protected areas in the province.

Srey Thiy, a Prey Lang Community Network representative, yesterday said he supported the reforestation activities of rare species in Prey Lang, but voiced concern that areas where the trees were planted included a community farmland created early this year.

“I think it’s good to have reforestation to restore the forest cover that has suffered destruction in the past,” he said.

On Saturday, representatives of the Apsara Authority, Human Resource Association in Siem Reap province and 500 people from the private sector planted 2,000 trees of luxury wood or rare species in the Angkor area.

Chura Dina, the authority’s Department of Forestry, Cultural Landscapes and Environment deputy director, said during the event that the trees were being planted to strengthen conservation of natural resources in the Angkor site and allow rare species to grow again.

“All citizens living in the Angkor area please stop all illegal activities such as illegal forest land occupation, encroachment, destruction of rare species, and jointly protect natural resources in the Angkor area for the future,” he said.




That's it then! The answer is all the trees getting chopped down and transported to different countries as been what is now known has fake news. See a total logical explanation, being that they have all been replanted in the areas that matter most.

I like the last paragraph (quote) “All citizens living in the Angkor area please stop all illegal activities such as illegal forest land occupation, encroachment, destruction of rare species, and jointly protect natural resources in the Angkor area for the future,”   And no doubt it does happen, and no one could single anyone out who would do such a devastating act, it could be a person or family who are squatting for no apparent reason, possibly someone who may have even laid claim to land where now there happens to be a new Chinese golf course and a airport runway were their rice was harvested year after year when returned luckily in "79" or later, with now only half of the family and no deeds or papers of ownership.

Could have been a few over the years displaced after that dreadful time, onto the present were @1.5 million have been moved on from Phnom Penh alone too make room for new developments. Anyway that's what I read in the last few days (could be more fake news). But when thinking how many poor soles were lost to the "atrocities" of the dark days of the revolutionary politician Pol Pot, that was the time of the end, of all ownership of land title and dwelling's, it's easy to see the confusion it has brought today. People have lost their legitimate ownership and others have lost or gained, or not by the means of squatting. How could you prove this was land of my parents, my ancestors that had lived and worked the land, before, that is only what we have know and remember. But sadly our neighbour's never returned, we were so lucky to survive those hardworking cruel dark years. It does make one wonder, yes, bad times for many, and some our fellow people being KR survivors too' from their defeat on the battlefield, or returning from somewhere at sometime. But now all in the same boat, that regime has come to it's end. Millions died over those insane years, what a waste of life, educated and business people, shop owners, teachers, doctors, book keepers, civil servants, politicians, the poor sighted people who wore spectacles, a tragedy for many with cruel, unjust loses of innocent people, family, relation's and friends to these people. approximately a quarter of Cambodia's population, that period later too be termed, the Cambodian genocide. Today some of those people can't prove the land they lived, belonged to their family or themselves. Strange you may think with some of the now displaced, regarded as an enemy of the new government at that time were simply killed. The mass killings at the time, coupled with malnutrition, and difficult working conditions, poor medical care, killed between 1.5 and 3 million people. It may be callas or wrong to say, that it would be reasonable saying there is more space and lands now in the country, but like the two examples above, progress displaces people in some ways.

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I have added this new project here, due to it's similar nature of the lives and livelihoods of the normal Khmer land owners and workers.

It's all in the name of progress and development of the country, bettering the standard of peoples lives. Lets face it in the name of progress adjustments are needed, along the way of progress the changes are for the good of most people of the country. I can understand and I think logically most others would agree, that the day to day hardship, of the people living and earning $20 in this environment is a good change.

It's difficult in this part of the world to understand the ways of business and of it's planning. Like here we see a partner of the granted development sacked and revoked of 5 land tittles, the writings below refer to the company whom was to develop the infrastructure, the work seems to only have progressed too the pumping of sand. So the outset of the new development failed. Also the word is, lives of residents whom neighbour the development will not be impacted. But the people whom live in the development area, the spokesman for City Hall, said yesterday that he does not yet know how many families will be affected by the project, and regarding compensation to residents seams it is yet to be sorted out.

But moving forward, and thinking of the new planed development, plans for part of the area, will make many Chinese retirees in their newly developed apartment's very happy.   



City Hall moves on with lake project

July 17, 2019


City Hall is moving forward with the development of Boeng Choeung Ek lake after it sacked one of its development partners and residents living near the lake are expressing concern over a plan to reclaim and designate 190 hectares for development.


Farmers row their boats along Boeng Choeung Ek lake. KT/Pann Rachana


In May, the city’s administration revoked five land titles granted to tycoon Ing Bun Hoaw after his company, ING Holdings, failed to develop infrastructure along the lake and erect a satellite city in Phnom Penh and Kandal province’s Takhmao city.

The new satellite city reportedly covered more than 2,500 hectares of land in the Boeng Tompun and Choeung Ek wetlands. The satellite city was to be divided into four areas: commercial, industrial, residential and administrative areas.

Renderings of the project on the website of ING Holdings showed the expansive Boeng Choeung Ek lake replaced by government office buildings, retirement homes for Chinese nationals, factory outlets and an amusement park.

Despite losing its development partners, the work to develop the lake into a commercial hub continues.

In a letter issued on Monday, City Hall said a working group was ordered by the Council of Ministers to measure and define land borders in the lake’s area.

“[The working group] has identified 190 hectares for development and 181 hectares for a reservoir,” it said in the letter. “The working group has also identified families living in the 190-hectare area.”

It added that the measuring and defining of land in the area are almost complete, but some land owners have yet to fully cooperate in the work.

It noted that the working group gave the land owners until August 15 to cooperate in order to have their land measured.

“If the owners fail to comply by the deadline, the working group will not be responsible for measuring their land or resolving any problems,” the letter said.

Met Meas Pheakdey, spokesman for City Hall, said yesterday that he does not yet know how many families will be affected by the project.

“We will wait to see after the one-month deadline to know how many families are involved following land measuring,” he said. “After we display results of the land measuring, if they disagree, they can complain to City Hall.”

He added that he is also not yet aware of any compensation plans.

Lor Sarom, 35, said he fears losing his daily income from growing and selling vegetables.

“My vegetables are located inside their planned area,” Mr Sarom said, adding that he started planting water mimosa in 2015 and that his plants cover approximately one hectare of the lake. “We will lose our jobs if they intend on reclaiming the lake.”

“We do not have other places to plant vegetables,” he said. “Now I am able to earn up to about $20 from selling mimosa.”

A 45-year-old man who identified himself as Louy said his mint farm covers 5,000 square metres of the lake. He said he is also worried about losing income when the authorities fill a part of the lake with sand.

“It will affect people who are relying on planting vegetables on the lake,” Mr Louy said.

Pech Bun, chief of the Chhoeung Ek commune’s Kva village, said the lives of residents will not be impacted.

“There is not effect on families because [city officials] have demarcated land borders close to the lake area,” Mr Bun said. “I don’t know who is in charge to develop the 190 hectares because we are low-ranking officials and we do not know about their development project.”

When asked about ING Holdings, Mr Bun said the company never developed the area, despite receiving permission to do so.

“We only saw the company pump sand,” he said. “We never saw any development.”

Regarding compensation to residents, Mr Bun said “it’s a decision for the top leaders, I am just a low-ranking official who cannot deal with the issue”.




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