Kesor Kol (Orchid) Exhibition, held at Aeon Mall 1 in Phnom Penh from April 7 to 9 to mark the 3rd National Orchid Forum, attracted the participation from civil servants, students, conservationists, photographers, artistes and the general public.
The “Guidebook on Vegetables in Cambodia” was also launched at the event organised by the Ministry of Environments and its partners.
According to the ministry, the exhibition was aimed to inspire people to take part and support the protection and conservation of Cambodian orchids by raising the public awareness on the importance and value of orchids and plants in Cambodia; strengthening cooperation between public institutions and the private sector, especially building network of orchid lovers; by providing opportunities for the private sector to contribute to the protection, conservation and management of natural resources in Cambodia; and by promoting the richness of orchids, plants, spices, vegetables and fruits in Cambodia.
Various species of orchids, rare plants, ornamental plants, luxury wood and fruit plants, natural agricultural products, forest products and by-products, photos and drawings related to nature, biodiversity and orchids, and so on were displayed at the three-day exhibition, along with orchid fashion show, traditional art performance, concert, and video screening.
Cambodia has established the Kesor Kol Sok An Phnom Kulen Research and Conservation Centre in Banteay Srei district, Siem Reap province to preserve orchid seeds, and so far the centre has collected some 5,000 samples from Preah Sihanouk, Koh Kong, Kampot, Preah Vihear and Siem Reap provinces.
The centre has estimated that Cambodia might have between 500 and 1,000 species of orchids.
Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse