The Ministry of Environment will soon collaborate with some NGOs to host a Bird Photos Fair for the first time at Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district in order to increase public awareness and understanding of Cambodian bird species.
The Ministry of Environment said on Tuesday that it will work with Bird Life, Cambodian Natural Life, Cambodian Bird Guide Association, Sam Veasna Center and the China Wildlife Conservation Association to host the fair on March 17 and 18.
The ministry added that the exhibition will be free of charge and is also aimed at raising awareness about the potential for bird-watching tourism.
“It is the first time we are doing a photo fair on birds in Cambodia,” the ministry said. “It will promote participation of Cambodians to love birds and maintain natural resources, while also teaching them about the names of different birds.”
Chum Siphem, an environmental activist from Preah Vihear province, said the event was very important for the public.
“The next generation will not know the names of all birds in Cambodia if the authority does not hold an event to promote them,” she said. “This even will teach them the names and ensure they participate to protect the birds from extinction.”
Srey Deth, a student at the University of National Management, said she and her friends would join the photo fair.
“Even though we are Cambodian and live here, me and my friends do not know of all the birds in our country and we want to learn,” she said.
In December, three rare black-necked stork chicks hatched in Preah Vihear’s Kulen Promtep Wildife Sanctuary. The nest was found earlier and was under the protection of the Wildlife Conservation Society.
The black-necked stork is on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature as a near-threatened species.
This week, six nests of the critically endangered white-shouldered ibis were found in the northern plains of Preah Vihear province.
According to the WCS, the nests were also found in the Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary.