Minister of Environment Highlights Successful Efforts in Biodiversity Conservation and Development

Cambodia marked here yesterday the International Day for Biological Diversity themed Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism under the presidency of H.E. Say Samal, Minister of Environment.

Addressing the function, H.E. Say Samal underlined the value and significance of biodiversity resources and ecological systems for socio-economic development and people's welfare improvement.

Thanks to the security and political stability during the past over 30 years, Cambodia's natural tourism sector has been playing a key role in boosting the sustainable economic development and in encouraging people to change their behaviour from overusing to preserving biodiversity resources, the minister said.

H.E. Say Samal also laid stress on the ministry's efforts in the development and preservation of biodiversity through its community-based development plans and action plans on biodiversity to ensure the sustainable development of natural resources.

To date, Cambodia's natural protected areas reached 7.5 million hectares, up twice of the global biodiversity goal set in the 10th Summit in Japan.

Organised by the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Royal University of Phnom Penh and the National Council for Sustainable Development's Biodiversity Department under the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Union, the event was attended by some 500 representatives from relevant ministries and institutions, civil society organisations and students.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press