Thousands of families in the remote coastal province of Koh Kong have been evicted or are facing eviction in the face of a Chinese resort development project. Some families have moved unwillingly to relocation sites. Some are refusing to leave, setting the stage for another land dispute. The families are facing eviction from a 36,000-hectare resort development by the Chinese Union Development Group, which holds a 99-year lease on the land. Chinese hydrodam developments have already damaged major parts of Koh Kong, home to the Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia’s richest source of biodiversity. The resort adds to the difficulties facing residents of the province, which has also seen major evictions and disputes rising from the growth of a massive sugar plantation. Part one of a two-part series. (Say Mony, Koh Kong)
Villagers in Koh Kong province say they are being kept in the dark on a hydroelectric dam planned to be built by a Chinese company in the remote Areng valley of the coastal province of Koh Kong. But villagers here say they are worried that if the dam is indeed built, it will cause major harm to their livelihoods. Cambodia has turned to the Chinese for a number of hydropower dams across the country. Supporters say they are needed to power the country’s growth and development, but opponents say they are not worth the environmental costs. (Say Mony, Koh Kong)
On a road in Koh Kong province on Friday, Buddhist clergy and family members honored the environmentalist one year after his slaying. Chut Viuhy was shot dead at this remote location at a police check point during an NGO review of a forest area. VOA Khmer's Say Mony reports from Koh Kong province.