KAMPOT — As part of its continuous contribution towards a cleaner and greener Cambodia, NagaWorld planted 400 trees of various species yesterday on the premises of selected schools in Kampot province. The action aims to improve the Kingdom’s green lung and generate awareness of the importance of working together to conserve the environment. This initiative is a continuation of NagaWorld’s corporate social responsibilities (CSR) programmes in environmental care, after the launch of “The Green Cambodia: Environmental Awareness and Tree Planting” in December of last year.
The tree-planting action started at Koh Trou Moung Primary School in Kampong Trach District, at which its teachers and students along with officials from the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport were present.
NagaWorld’s Managing Director Pern Chen explained that CSR activities involving environmental care are especially close to the hearts of the Kind Hearts – a group of NagaWorld employees who promote volunteerism.
“Trees help provide better air quality, and they essentially mitigate the impact of climate change. Studies have shown that a mature leafy tree produces enough oxygen in one year for 10 people [to breathe], while absorbing as much as 21 kilograms of carbon dioxide. A tree’s shade also helps lower the temperature of its surroundings – a tree-covered area is usually a few degrees cooler [than a clearing].
“Planting new trees is therefore one of the most important things we can do to promote a healthier environment for the well-being of students, teachers and our community,” he said in a statement. The director of the Department of Environmental Education from the Ministry of Environment, Mr Cheab Bun Eang, praised the programme and highlighted the need to maintain a healthy ecosystem of nature and wildlife. “We welcome initiatives that assist in alleviating the harmful effects of climate change, [which is] one of the biggest problems the world faces today.
“Trees absorb the harmful carbon dioxide in our atmosphere and release clean oxygen, so they really are essential to our livelihoods,” he said in his speech yesterday.
This was echoed by Deputy Head of Kampong Trach’s Department of Education, Youth and Sport, Mr Heng Reaksmey, who stressed that natural shade within school compounds would create a better learning environment for students. “In addition, the roots of the trees soak up water and prevent soil erosion, which reduces the effects of flash flooding that can cause school closures,” he said.
Kampong Trach District’s Deputy Governor Khim Samy and Koh Trou Moung Primary School Director Nen Vuthy also expressed their support and gratitude toward NagaWorld and the ministries for the green initiatives.
“We keenly support all initiatives that help look after our environment to improve the quality of life in our communities,” Mr Khim Samy said. Since 2014, NagaWorld Kind Hearts has planted over 3,300 trees throughout the Kingdom. The Ministry of Environment has additionally conducted a series of workshops to educate students on conservation efforts, and how they can play an active role in sustaining Mother Earth.