Illegal burning of rice stubble and land at the periphery of forests continues to occur throughout the Kingdom’s rural areas, especially in the north and northeast regions, according to officials who documented the activities on site.
Wong Devorn, a civil servant and history professor, told The Post that he typically accompanies site-visit missions in the provinces three or four times per month which affords him opportunities to observe burning activities first-hand.
“I saw a satellite image showing a map of Cambodia’s regional heat signatures on January 27. At first, I could not believe it, so I decided to accompany officials on site visits between January 30 and February 3.
“We went to the northern regions of Kampong Thom, Siem Reap, Banteay Meanchey and Oddar Meanchey provinces. I found that almost everywhere, people are burning rice stubble, and I have documented it with photos,” Devorn said.