Cambodia Marks “National Clean Environment Day”

The National Clean Environment Day was celebrated at Phnom Penh Thmey Primary School on Friday under the theme Let's Clean Our Houses, Clean Environment, No Waste, No Plastic Waste, and No Pollution.

H.E. Ms. Ngin Lina, Director General of the General Department of Environmental Knowledge and Information of the Ministry of Environment, H.E. Suy Serith, Deputy Governor of Phnom Penh Municipality, and Mr. Jeong Yun Gil, Country Director of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Cambodia Office, presided over the celebration organised by MoE and KOICA.

The Cambodian government issued sub-degree N0. 47 to demonstrate the support of this programme on June 12, 1995 by choosing November 23 to be the National Clean Environment Day because this programme aims to encourage all people to participate the Clean Environment in Phnom Penh, public areas, house, pagoda, school, hospital, market and business center etc., H.E. Ms. Ngin Lina said on the occasion.

For his part, Mr. Jeong Yung Gil mentioned that the environmental sector is not included in KOICA's priority area in assistance strategy for Cambodia, but, KOICA decided to support this campaign because this event has special meaning not only for Cambodian people, but also for all over the world.

He added that the culture of using eco-bags is actively introduced in the Republic of Korea on daily basis by ordinary Korean people. There are no special expenses for this, the only intention to be in harmony with nature. He also hoped that this campaign becomes the first step in usage of eco bags in daily shopping of Cambodian citizens.

According to a KOICA's press release, on the same day, in the afternoon, KOICA did another activity named The Hand-over Ceremony of Rubbish Bin at Trapeang Anhchanh Primary School. This activity was organised under collaboration with Holt Children's Services, Inc. The ceremony was presided over by the country director of KOICA Cambodia Office, and Mr. Khim Sunsoda, Deputy Governor of Pursenchey district.

The National Clean Environment Day is an outreach programme and it is intended to bring citizens together from every corner of the country in a simple activity that will benefit their local environments. This event is also to raise public awareness of environmental issues and to appeal for every individual's participation in the mission of environmental protection, biodiversity conservation, and appropriate use of natural resources to ensure environmental sustainability.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press