Despite a stop order issued to a prominent businessman, the mangrove forests, a vital source of the province Kampot eco system is again under threat as land fill has started again.
The mangrove forests and swamps are located near the Prek Tnong fishing community in Prek Thnout village, Prek Thnout commune, Teuk Chhou district, Kampot province.
The stop order was first issued on 18th of January by Kampot Fisheries Administrative officials who were on inspection, saw the illegal landfill and ordered work to cease immediately.
The official in charge of the fisheries administration, Mr Eng Chea San, told media “The land fill encroachment measured approximately 1000 square meters.
The landfill had already damaged a large number of mangrove trees. It is reported that the landfill was being carried out under the guise of a road building plan which could not be verified.
However, after looking into the issue, Kampot Fisheries Administration District officials recommended that the project be suspended and an investigation is being carried out to determine whether appropriate application processes had been carried out.
The attack on the mangrove forest and swamps after a similar illegal landfill, this time into the sea at Koh Kong was stopped after a stern warning by the Prime Minister.