Rock mining project in Kampung Speu, Cambodia


This conflict involved a local community comprised of three neighbouring villages and a rock company. The local community was in the process of obtainging legal title for their community forest. A rock company, bought plots of land from community memebers on land adjacent to the community forest. The company started to clear trees and crops in what the community perceived to be their forest, causing dust and noise pollution and triggering conflicts.

Basic Data
NameRock mining project in Kampung Speu, Cambodia
ProvinceKampung Speu
Accuracy of LocationMEDIUM regional level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Land acquisition conflicts
Specific CommoditiesLand
Biological resources
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsNo specific information
Level of Investment (in USD)No specific information
Type of PopulationRural
Potential Affected Population3 villages
Relevant government actorsForestry Administration (FA) and Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy (MIME)
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersNone at the moment
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingIndigenous groups or traditional communities
Forms of MobilizationProperty damage/arson
Threats to use arms
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Food insecurity (crop damage), Noise pollution
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Loss of livelihood, Land dispossession
Potential: Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures
OtherCrop and tree loss plus cessation of logging activities
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseProject temporarily suspended
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.Conlict was ongoing at the end of the study so outcome of it has not made known.
Sources and Materials

Yasmi, Y, Kelley, L., Muriyarso, D., Patel, T. (2012) The struggle over Asia's forests: an overview of forest conflict and potential implications for REDD+, International Forestry Review, 14(1): 99-109.

Meta Information
ContributorHao Phan, School of International Development, University of East Anglia, [email protected]
Last update19/04/2015