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.