Officials from the Tonlé Sap Authority and the Departments of Water Resources and Meteorology of the six provinces around Tonlé Sap Lake inspected 659 border posts delineating Region 3 of the lake, which the government had preserved for fish spawning grounds. until the area was overrun by local people and some officials.
The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology said on Dec. 17 that the 659 stations inspected were out of a total of 802 or 82.2 percent of them. The posts were planted around the lake to avoid encroachment.
Of the 659 posts, 208 that were still standing were painted to make them more visible, 202 tilted posts were painted after being straightened, and 208 were underwater. The ministry also created 41 new positions. Poles that are currently in the water will be inspected when the water recedes.
The ministry said it also placed information banners in ten different locations. They are part of a total of 52 banners that will be placed around the lake.
Prime Minister Hun Sen recently ordered the crackdown on the encroachment of flooded forests in the six provinces around Tonle Sap Lake: Pursat, Battambang, Kampong Chhnang, Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap and Kampong Thom.
Tens of thousands of hectares of flooded forests around the lake have been destroyed.
Officials from the six provinces and the relevant national authorities are currently reforesting the area with different types of trees native to the region.
In Kampong Thom province alone, nearly 40,000 saplings have been planted in region 3 of Srayov commune of Stung Sen town.
In Battambang province, authorities have planted palm trees, bamboos and rowing trees. UN