Preah Vihear – PLCN Sees Huge Deforestation in Prey Lang by Oknha Tri Pheap Company

April 10, 2013 | Posted in: News

Reported on April 8, Prey Lang Community Network is planning to bring together to do a massive campaign and forest patrol more soon from Rieb Roy commune, Rovieng district, Preah Vihear towards Sandan district, Kampong Thom.

On April 7, PLCN representative Svay Phoeun from Preah Vihear reported that Tri Pheap Company owned by Oknha Tri Pheap is greatly logging the forest in which they are living in and they expressed deep concerns over the destruction of the forest.

He added that several economic land concessions were granted to Oknha Tri Pheap Company in the blocks of Boeung Per Wildlife Sanctuary. Instead, the company cut luxurious trees in the forest located in Boeung Kan village, Rieb Roy commune, Rovieng district outside the granted ELCs regions.  PLCN criticizes that neither government authorities nor forestry administration officers are seen to crack down on such the illegal logging and this big wooded transportation.

ADHOC land and natural resource program deputy chief Chan Soveth says that the destruction of the forest is increasingly becoming larger. Some companies received grants of forest land which was converted into economic land concessions for development. He discovers that amongst the companies, Oknha Tri Pheap Company has got many land concessions – Preah Vihear, Koh Kong, Pursat, and Ratanakiri. The development deserved not to lose the natural resources.

“The target of the company is to find the areas where there is thick forest and luxurious wood only”, Soveth added, “I see about 70 percent of the trees were destructively cut and replaced by rubber trees which are not equal in price.”