Forest watchdog warned against satellite imagery

Illegal logging in Prey Lang is a major conern for the PLCN community group. Hean Rangsey

Ministry of Environment officials have warned it will take legal action against Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) and several other organisations if they continue to collect deforestation data in the area.

The ministry’s warning comes after PLCN suggested a new programme that would use satellite imagery to monitor and collect information on forest clearance in Prey Lang after the ministry banned the group from patrolling it.

But the ministry’s secretary of state and spokesman Neth Pheaktra told The Post on Wednesday that the activities of the PLCN are now against the law. He said the community network is being exploited for political purposes.

β€œUsing satellite systems to search for data in an unjustified and unauthorised way can be illegal and the ministry may consider asking the authorities to take legal action against on relevant people.