Ratanakkiri districts’ state land usage planning underway

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Ratanakkiri provincial authorities meet to review the land use master plan for three districts on Tuesday. NHEM SAMOEUN VIA FACEBOOK

Ratanakkiri provincial governor Nhem Sam Oeun told authorities in three districts to cooperate with officials to prepare a master plan on land use according to all technical standards and laws and summit it to the Ministry of Land Management, Urban planning and Construction for a decision.

Governor Nhem Sam Oeun gave the instruction on January 18 during a meeting of the provincial land management committee to review the land use master plan draft for the districts of Taveng, Andong Meas and O’Yadav.

He told the district authorities to expedite the inspection, verification and preparation of a land use master plan as soon as possible for the district and provincial land management committees to submit to the ministry next week.

He said the master plan must be comprehensive and prepared quickly. The plan, he added, will have to be conceived in accordance with ministry guidelines so there will not be mistakes when it is implemented.

“For example, we must determine which roads need to be constructed in towns, and which land we should allocate for landfills. To manage the state land, we need a system,” he said.

Sam Oeun also urged the three districts to plan clear development projects, including the conservation of eco-tourism, indigenous cultural identities and infrastructure.

“Natural sites must be preserved, as well as the historical trails and resources left over from the wartime period. With the right development, these resources will form the base for many attractive ecotourism destinations in the future, which will encourage more tourists to visit our province,” he said.

Land management department director Ly Usaphea could not be reached for comment on January 18.

O’Yadav district governor Ma Vichet said the district authorities had verified 80 per cent of the work and were continuing their research to further verify documentation and finalise the exact locations for the projects.

“The main development goal our district authorities have set focuses on seven locations across all communes. These sites give priority to tourism destinations and landfills, and we also have long-term infrastructure goals planned through 2035. We have already prepared the master plan overview,” he said.