Koh Kong
Hong Sok, 48, a farmer in dispute with Heng Huy Agriculture Group over his family's farmland, stands in front of an area that he says was cleared, in Koh Kong province's Sre Ambel district on June 29, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Weary From Sugar Conflicts, Koh Kong Residents Brace for More Clearing

Sre Ambel residents have long dealt with land issues related to infamous sugarcane plantations nearby. Activity on those plantations appears to be waning, but they are now bracing for more problems as an opaque state program privatizes swaths of protected areas across the province.

A dump truck travels across a construction site in Koh Kong province's Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary on June 27, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Koh Kong’s Mass Land Privatization Elicits Doubt, Laughter From Villagers

As part of a massive government campaign to privatize land, ostensibly for poor families, Cambodia has cut off nearly 127,000 hectares from Koh Kong’s protected parks. In part one of reports from the province, Tuol Koki commune residents laugh off the prospects of benefiting from the campaign.

Authorities seize bicycles from activists who planned to cycle from Koh Kong province to Phnom Penh in June 2020, aiming to petition the government to make Koh Kong Krao a protected area. (Supplied)

By Bikes, Feet and Taxis, Activists Call for Marine Protected Area

Activists traveling from Koh Kong — first by bicycle, then by foot — aim to complete their protest journey calling for a new protected area by taxi after authorities stopped them in their tracks on Thursday for the second time while en route to Phnom Penh.