Cambodia Acts To Save Largest Lake

The Manilla Times

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen has ordered relevant authorities to launch a large-scale crackdown on illegal land grabs around the kingdom’s largest freshwater lake — Tonle Sap — and to seize back all the encroached land.

In a recorded message to the public, the prime minister also ordered the arrest of any people or officials involved in the destruction of flooded forest around the lake for land possession.

The order came after a research report conducted by the Royal Academy of Cambodia found that the flooded forest around the lake had been cleared for land at a “worrying” rate.

“Such an anarchic act is unacceptable and intolerable,” Hun Sen said. “I order the competent authorities to reclaim all of the encroached land within the boundary of the flooded forest surrounding the Tonle Sap Lake.”

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