25 November 2021
For years, government agencies aided and abetted the extraction and smuggling of millions of tons of marine sand from Koh Kong's estuaries to several countries, chiefly Singapore, under the ridiculous pretext that 'estuaries need to be deepened for navigational purposes', or that it reduces 'riverbank collapse'. After years of grassroots advocacy and a hard hitting expose on wide-scale fraud by our group, exports of marine sand have stopped since late 2016. Sadly, the extraction of river sand around Phnom Penh, which is causing widespread river bank collapses, and the secretive export of silica sand, continue unabated.
Large buildings are being illegally built right on public beaches
Excessive extraction of sand causing widespread river bank collapses along Mekong river
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Raw sewage being dumped onto
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