Initial yields from deposits in Kratie province have prompted Indochine Mining Limited to announce that they were ‘encouraging.’ Results from the drilling will be released in two weeks. The drilling was focused on two target sites within Kratie province.
(By Don Weinland, pg. 9)
Prime Minister Hun Sen has order a review of dredging operations and the impacts that they have on Cambodia’s islands and beaches. Freshwater dredging has also been ordered to go under review, with the Prime Minister calling for the Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology Lim Kean Hor to inspect those operations taking place near eco-tourism projects. Senator Ly Yong Phat and his company LYP have begun to scale back their own dredging projects in the Tatai river.
Fish yields have supposedly dropped by 20 to 30 percent according to fisherman, as a result of the destruction of natural marine environments such as mangroves and the increase in the number of people fishing. Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries estimated the total number of tons of fish produces last year at 85,000. The ministry acknowledges the lower yields and has said that the increasing number of fisherman will not help but has yet to provide a solution.
(By Khouth Sophak Chakrya, pg. 4)
Sixty community representatives from Preah Vihear and Kampong Thom provinces expressed concern yesterday over a string of recent economic land concessions granted within the bounds of the Boeung Per Wildlife Sanctuary. At a press conference held in Preah Vihear’s Rovieng district yesterday, they claimed the concessions were having a negative impact on the livelihoods of thousands of families living in and around the protected forest. Three of those companies, Mekong Rubber Co, Sovanpaum Co, and Try Pheap Import Export Co Ltd, have already begun clearing forest to make way for large rubber plantations, said Chut Wutty, director of the Natural Resource Protection Group NGO.
(By Chhay Channyda and Daniel Sherrell, pg. 4)
OZ Minerals has details revealing the size of gold resources available at its Mondolkiri site and has had them for nearly a year. For withholding the information OZ Minerals could face legal action in Australia. Keo Seima, a partner organization was bought out in 2009 at what some alleged is a fraction of the true value for the site.
(By Simon Marks, pg. 1)
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An enormous sand dredging operation in Koh Kong province has escalated, a resort owner said yesterday, with boat crews allegedly trespassing onto private land and digging sand within hundreds of metres of the complex. Janet Newman, the owner of the Rainbow Lodge eco-tourism resort, said yesterday that seven boats, three that arrived for the first time on Monday, had begun dredging “enormous” amounts of sand just 200 metres from her property. Ruling party senator Ly Yong Phat’s LYP Group was awarded a concession totaling more than 32 square kilometres to dredge sand for export on the Tatai river in September 2010.
(By David Boyle and Veng Sokheng, pg. 6)