The Environment Ministry on Sunday handed a $20,000 check to an American activist in Preah Vihear province for his conservation efforts.
The ministry said Ben Davis, the conservationist, has spent 20 years preserving and protecting forests and wild animals in the province, noting that a total of $100,000 will be provided by the end of 2023 to support his work.
Khieu Borin, director-general of the ministry’s local community department, said on Sunday during a concert to raise money for conservation that Mr Davis is aiming to strengthen the protection of Phnom Tnout and Phnom Pork wildlife sanctuaries.
He noted that the money will help his efforts over the next five years.
“The Environment Ministry has decided to help and support Mr Davis’ activities by providing a total of $100,000 for the next five years,” Mr Borin said. “For this year, he received $20,000.”
He added that some high-ranking officers at the ministry have also donated about $2,500 to Mr Davis.
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