Over 11,000 natural-resource crimes so far this year

According to the Ministry of Environment, rangers have cracked down on 11,376 cases of the natural resource crimes cases nationwide, during the first nine months of this year.

The report also said that of the cases in which rangers intervened, 420 were filed in court, 606 resulted in fines and 1,776 cases resulted in perpetrators being reeducated.

Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra told Khmer Times yesterday that some 1,200 rangers are deployed on duty as forest rangers, whose job is to protect and conserve the natural resources of the country.

“Due to the efforts of the park rangers over the years, large-scale natural resource crimes no longer occur, but small-scale crimes remain, and the authorities need to continue to work harder to prevent them,” he said.

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Khann Chanvirak / Khmer Times