The Ministry of Environment and Mekong University jointly planted 700 saplings in Chambok community, Thmey village of Chambok commune, Phnom Sruoch district, Kampong Speu province, to to inspire people’s love for the environment and natural resources.
Ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra said at the August 21 planting ceremony that the trees planted were “rare and valuable” species.
He added that planting trees is more than just a happy memory for those involved, but a great way to show solidarity with environmental causes.
“Planting trees connects our lives with nature. It allows us to show our gratitude to the planet for providing us with life, biodiversity and a beautiful ecosystem,” he said.
Pheaktra added that the tree planting was a great example of the ministry’s work to protect natural resources and biodiversity and maintain ecological balance. It would reduce the effects of climate change and contribute to the economic development of local communities through “connected territorial tourism”.
The Chambok Nature Reserve community has over 600 members, covering a total area of 3,451 ha.
It is one of the largest ecotourism communities and its members provide services such as accommodation, cuisine, sightseeing, tours and more. Local and international tourists frequent the area, providing income to the community.
“In order to be more effective in the conservation of natural resources, it is important that legal and economic measures go hand in hand,” said Pheaktra, adding that the Chambok protected area community is a successful model that demonstrates the establishment of a local economy to strengthen conservation.