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Landfilling on Phnom Penh’s Boeng Tamok lake in March 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Boeng Tamok Evaporates Under Government, Developers’ Gaze

Among the first real estate offerings on Phnom Penh’s shrinking Boeng Tamok lake are being put up for sale. Marketing materials show only around 5% of the lake remaining as water in the midst of development projects, military and police bases and state buildings.

Island of the Rich: As Sand Dune Rises, Old Neighborhood Upturned

As mega-developer OCIC completes the filling-in of Phnom Penh’s new island, Koh Norea, nearby Chbar Ampov residents are staring at a mound of sand anxiously unsure if they will be evicted by the development or driven out by real estate speculation.

Sandfilling and sandbars overlook the Gulf of Thailand at the IGB (Cambodia) sandfilling site in Kampot's Toek Chhou district on August 26, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Kampot, Kep Coasts Cluttered With Sandfilling Plans, Developments

Between official documents, residents’ accounts and visible evidence of filling, reporters have found five seafilling projects on the Kampot coast — some of them spanning hundreds of hectares. Affected fishers have been told there could be twice as many in all.

A map showing more than 800 hectares of sea off the coast of Preah Sihanouk province's Prey Nob district privatized in 2019 and 2020 for Canopy Sands Development and unspecified purposes. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Prince-Linked Firm Pours Sand Into 400 Hectares of Bay Without Study

A company with powerful shareholders is creating a new coastline in Ream by pouring an estimated 100 million tons of sand into the Gulf of Thailand. After a year of filling, company and government officials say they’re still in the process of assessing potential environmental and social impacts.

Land-filling at Phnom Penh’s Boeng Tamok lake in Prek Pnov district on November 24, 2020 (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Questions Raised Over Boeng Tamok Plot Handed to ‘Families’

Twenty-three families have ostensibly received a vacant plot on the edge of Phnom Penh’s Boeng Tamok lake — but some locals, including the village chief, suggest people have been paid to thumb-print applications to obtain lake land for unknown outsiders.

Landfill at the Khun Sea satellite city development site in Akrei Khsat commune in Kandal province’s Lvea Em district on November 17, 2020. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Mekong Landfilling Progresses for 70-Hectare Shopping, Condo Complex

The infilling of 70 hectares of the Mekong River across from Phnom Penh is nearly complete, residents say, as the Kandal provincial governor touts the “development potential” of the oknha’s project that he says will soon sway any unhappy locals.