Illegal forest land encroachment and illegal logging have occurred in the Project area. Other issues included illegal forest land claimed by outsiders, unclear boundary, lack of legal support to land owners to secure their land, and conflicts over forest land claim among farmers and authority. These issues have led to uncontrolled forest destruction and biodiversity loss. From January to March 2020, PMU has met twice with Kampong Thom’s Provincial Department of Land Management Urban Planning and Construction to discuss the possibility and procedures to register CF lands. The Project agreed with the processes, and the Provincial Department of Land Management Urban Planning and Construction has been preparing its action plans and budget. However, both parties could not implement the agreement at the moment due to the consequences of COVID-19 pandemic. It is expected that this CF land registration initiative will resume after the pandemic subsided.
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