The Environment Ministry yesterday urged people to preserve the Kingdom’s biodiversity which plays a major role in the natural food chain which is vital for human survival.
The call was made during an event to mark the 6th International Day for Biological Diversity, under the theme “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health,” held yesterday in Mondulkiri province’s Sen Monorom Park.
About 1,000 people from relevant ministries, institutions, international and national partner organisations and citizens participated in the event.
Chea Sam Ang, a ministry undersecretary of state, said at the event that the food, nutrition and health systems of humans depend on biodiversity which also contributes to climate change mitigation, rehabilitation of the ecosystem, clean water and hunger elimination.
He encouraged all citizens to be committed to conserving biodiversity and to play an important role in preserving the food chain, especially for the next generation.
“So we have to preserve these precious natural resources for socio-economic benefits which improve the lives of our people both now and in the future,” Mr Sam Ang said. “Conservation of biodiversity protects our food sources and increases family incomes.”
“Preserving biodiversity in Cambodia contributes to maintaining the natural equilibrium in ecosystems not only for Cambodia but also the whole world,” he added.
A ministry report released yesterday said the world relies on biodiversity and natural ecosystems for food production.
It said that a continued supply of clean water also depends on biodiversity which helps to reduce pollution, regulate floods, maintain soil quality, purify the air, prevent communicable diseases and mitigate climate change.
The report noted that utilising natural resources is a cheaper alternative to modern technology since biodiversity provides the necessary materials and services to support people’s daily lives, including plants and herbs which are a source of traditional medicines to treat various diseases.
Chan Somaly, deputy secretary-general of the Council for Sustainable Development and a representative of United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, said at the event that Cambodia joined UNCBD in 1995.
She said that as a signatory and a focal institution in the implementation of the convention, the Ministry of Environment marked International Day for Biological Diversity to strengthen cooperation between institutions, the community and stakeholders to promote better management and conservation of biodiversity resources in Cambodia.
“The celebration of this day is also an opportunity to make the public more aware of the value of biodiversity and ecosystems, which are indispensable,” she said.