Confiscation of flooded forest lands hit thousands of locals along the Tonle Sap

A general view of the rice paddy fields on the Tonle Sap lake at Samraong Sen village in Kampong Chhnang province. Picture taken December 20, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

“We do not oppose the government’s measure to protect the flooded forestland, but the government should allocate some land for people because we have farmed the land for a long time,” he said

Government crackdown comes after ten years of illegal Tonle Sap encroachment, say observers

An image showing the clearing of flooded forests along the Tonle Sap Lake posted on the Ministry of Land Management's Facebook page.

Long Sochet, a member of a fishing community in Pursat province’s Kandieng district along the banks of the Tonle Sap Lake, has applauded the government’s crackdown on the destruction of the lake’s dwindling flooded forests. For him and his community, he says, these forests are the life of the Tonle Sap Lake.

Three Pursat officials charged with corruption

A Pursat provincial land management director and his two subordinates were charged in the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday for taking bribes to issue construction permits. Kuch Kimlong, spokesman of the municipal court, confirmed that prosecutors charged the department’s director, Liem Bunroeun; deputy Cheang Vuthy; and department official Te Buntheng with misappropriation of public funds.