Preah Vihear park dwellers receive land to relocate

The Preah Vihear Provincial Authority has decided to provide 10ha to 31 families in exchange for relocating from the Techo Sen Russey Treb Park – which is currently under the management of the Royal Academy of Cambodia – to prevent them from continuing to clear forests at the park.

Chea Sambath, deputy director of the Techo Sen Russey Treb Park, told The Post on December 9 that after a request from the academy, provincial authorities were preparing to relocate the 31 families.

This exchange aims to stop them from clearing the forest in the park because they had been cutting down trees for profit in the past.

“The Preah Vihear provincial administration has cooperated with the Chhep district to do this quickly, but the resolution seems to be slow,” he said.

Sambath said district authorities were preparing procedures to obtain comments from the provincial level. The Royal Academy of Cambodia requested 10ha to provide to the people. Each family would get land of about 30m x 50m in size with streets, wells and areas for tree-planting.

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