Massive illegal forest clearing found in Koh Kong province

The Wildlife Alliance yesterday discovered over 200 hectares of mangrove forests within Koh Kong province’s Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary were illegally cleared.

In a press release obtained yesterday, the wildlife and forest conservation NGO said the discovery of the forestry crime was made following a routine forest canopy disturbance monitoring conducted by the organisation.

“It showed a large-scale, systematic and complete removal of mangrove forest at an industrial scale by heavy machinery. Some locations inside the sanctuary with large-scale mangrove removal are already being filled up with quarry soil, seemingly in preparation for construction,” the statement read.

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Khuon Narim