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More than 2,000 forestry crimes uncovered from January till April

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The Ministry says a total of 2,333 cases of natural resource offences were cracked down in the first four months of this year. MoE

The Ministry of Environment said today that a total of 2,333 cases of natural resource offences were cracked down by rangers in the first four months of this year and nearly 200 people have been sent to court.

Neth Pheaktra, a ministry spokesperson, said most of the natural resource crimes involved illegal encroachment of forest land, logging, putting traps to catch wild animals among others.

He said 179 cases involving nearly 200 people have been referred to the courts for further action, 403 cases resulted in fines and 613 cases involved 624 people who were educated and asked to sign contracts promising to stop committing the crime in accordance with the Law on Protected Areas.

“Despite restrictions on law enforcement, increased education and dissemination on the Law on Protected Areas by law enforcement officials, small-scale natural resource offences, including illegal logging, poaching and putting traps to catch wild animals, still continue to occur in the protected areas, Mr Pheaktra said. “Regarding this, relevant parties have to take necessary measures to further prevent and crack down on these crimes.”

He said that during the crackdowns, rangers and protected area communities also seized 970 chainsaws, 53 vehicles and tractors, 126 motorcycles and 203 two-wheel tractors which were used in committing crimes. In addition, 8,950 traps to catch wild animals were removed, and 239 weapons used for poaching were also confiscated.

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