Press release August 24th, 2015

August 27, 2015 | Posted in: News

PREY LANG COMMUNITY NETWORK (PLCN)
August 24th, 2015

PRESS RELEASE

Forest Administration officials and members of the Prey Lang Community Network cooperate to combat illegal logging in Prey Lang forest.

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The spirit of cooperation is growing between the multiple stakeholders in the Prey Lang region. Community activists seized 11 chainsaws from illegal loggers while on one of their regular patrols in the core area of the Prey Lang forest earlier this month. Close cooperation between the Prey Lang Community Network and authorities on a local as well as a national level is important in order for the work of protecting the forest to as effective and sustainable as possible.

Therefore, in an effort to include the authorities in the community’s activities; to confirm their commitment to the rule of law; and to keep an open and constructive dialogue with government officials, members of the PLCN delivered the chainsaws to the office of the Forest Administration on August 24, 2015 at 11:30 am. They also delivered a newly published report, documenting the current status of illegal logging in the Prey Lang forest.

An official at the Forest Administration, Mr. Chhin Vanny, respectfully received the community members and took their Letter to Submit Chainsaws as Evidence inside. After a short period, he returned and accepted the chainsaws from the network members. Mr. Chhin expressed gratitude to the community for their efforts as he explained:

“We are so happy for the commitment of the community members. We have a lot of illegal activity and FA officials are working without rest to combat this problem. We have very few officers and what you community members have done is very helpful to us.”

The Forest Administration also helped Prey Lang Community Network members with funding for their travel and food expenses. The PLCN members deeply appreciate the way the Forest Administration officials received them and look forward to continue the cooperation in this constructive way.

Prey Lang Community Network members first attempted to deliver the confiscated chainsaws to the Prime Minister as well, but they were not received.

For further information and to receive a copy of the report on the Current Status of Prey Lang, please contact Mr. Sokheng Seng seng.sokheng@gmail.com