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Feedback from Cambodia No.5

2011.09.11

Finally, we reached to eco-village project site, Preah Vihear.
We were allowed to stay in the dormitory at the Cambodian army camp
The room was for six people and two bathrooms were facilitated.
Only three of us stayed that big room and the army offered us the same meal for soldiers during the entire stay.

Mr. Kumagai and accompanied Prof. Jyufuku and his students from Nihon University, arrived there earlier, enthusiastically inspected natural resources around the site and interviewed villagers.
By rendezvoused with Mr. Kumagai, we went to visit the site together.
It took about 15-minute drive by car to the eco-village project site from the place we stayed
That vast plains extended about 2000~3000 hectares
Even though unpaved streets have recently made, many people started to inhabit.
As following the plan, people who live in the forest area for the World heritage protection, ordered by UNESCO, were supposed to be moved out by proceeding to develop the eco-village plan, but rapid transfer of people occurred as the conflict happened at the beginning of this year.
Life began there and maintenance of the village had to be done quickly.
As I mentioned, the scale of village is too large, therefore, it is necessary to have a lot of work and budget for the plan and maintenance.
It was very acceptable that we could proceed from an ad hoc basis for a while.

The site was like woodland on the red clay plateau, where evergreen laurel forest flourished.
We plan a participatory farmland here to encourage the eco-village residents to build a community and self-reliance.
There were a number of unfamiliar red signs on trees of the woodland. They showed possible locations of mines.
Most of the roads, waterways, and water reservoirs were stated unlined. The woodland would be expected to be beneficial, might has mines buried.
Various thoughts had passed through my mind because of the difference between what imagined by sitting at office in Yoyogi and the reality at the actual site.
For its future, it could be better to construct it with our technological standards, or it could nicer to create it as the way the village and people could grow together.
Traditional forest observed at Siem Reap was that autonomous community was organized to grow village with the way of stacking up one step by one step by Mr. Morimoto with its solid future vision
Compared with the traditional forest, the eco-village is different in terms of how to establish, scale, organizations concerned, and sources of funding, but consists of same Cambodian to live on. Again, there must be the clue even in the traditional forest.

Yukio Ohashi

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