Kampong Thom – Preah Vihear – Field Mapping Project Begins
April 12, 2013 | Posted in: News
On April 8, 10 people, including PLCN members, representatives from CPN and CYN, began their field mapping and research project. The team found that more than 10,000 families from outside the Prey Lang area had cut trees and settled on the land in the Beung Lavea commune in Kampong Thom. Local authorities and the forestry administration have given permission to the families to clear five hectares of forest land and construct houses.
Up to now, more than 20,000 hectares of forestry land has been cleared and land titles promised to each family ahead of commune elections. Authorities allowed resettlers the five hectares if they registered for the upcoming election and others bought land from military officers, local authorities, and forestry administration officials. Most of new villagers are Muslims from Kampong Cham, Prey Veng, Kratie, Kampong Thom, Takeo, Svay Rieng and Phnom Penh. This kind of exchange is apparently taking place in other areas of Kampong Thom and in Kratie.
The team also discovered that large areas of forest in Kampong Thom, Kratie, Stung Treng and Preah Vihear had been completely cleared, largely by companies and illegal loggers who are not facing strong legal action from the government.