Eleven illegal logging trucks in Kratie province were burned and demolished in a dramatic display shown on pro-CPP Bayon TV Sunday night.
The broadcast comes at a time when the new government led by Hun Sen is promising to crack down on illegal logging. The footage also was aired at the same time a World Bank team from Washington is in Cambodia to assess the forestry industry and make recommendations.
Kratie Governor Nou Phoeung said Monday that the trucks were confiscated last month while transporting logs harvested illegally in the 75,000-hectare Snuol Wildlife Sanctuary. The park is one of 23 areas protected by a decree issued in 1993 by King Norodom Sihanouk.
Nou Phoeung said the vehicles were seized in Snuol district by Military Region 2 soldiers. The trucks were driven to Kompong Cham-based Military Region 2 headquarters, he said.
Acting Conservation Director Chay Samith said the wildlife sanctuary has been plagued by illegal logging for the past several years, but that he had received no recent report on illegal activity.
Nou Phoeung acknowledged past problems, but said its stopped since Hun Sen issued a four-point order in October. “Now, we have implemented the measures,” the governor said. “The illegal businessmen and anarchic loggers are scared.”