In a bid to restore the environment in the Angkor Archaeological Park, the Apsara Authority is planning a campaign to have 40,000 new trees planted.
In a statement published on Thursday, the Apsara Authority said it plans to plant saplings in multiple locations spanning 35 hectares sometime this month.
Tens of thousands of Chhoeuteal, Korki, Kranhoung, and Thong saplings are to be planted in the areas of Prasat Prei, Prasat Preah Ko and Prasat Banteay Kdei. The statement added that the saplings will also be in Slorkram commune, and along the road leading to Siem Reap International Airport.
Apsara Authority director Hang Pov said preservation of forests and landscape is imperative because the Angkor area suffers from deforestation and decay.
Mr Pov noted that people and temples need forest cover in order to shield them from natural disasters.
He said tourists and the general public are invited to plant trees alongside Apsara Authority officials
“We will provide saplings for free to those who wish to join,” Mr Pov said. “Please join together to replant trees at the Angkor Archaeological Park.”
Se Reirotha, owner of a tourist agency, said the Apsara Authority is doing a good job in encouraging public participation and that she will tell her customers about the campaign.
“If they’re interested, we will make a programme for tourists to plant trees,” Ms Reirotha. “They take pleasure in this and the campaign will help the environment surrounding the famous Angkor area.”
In June last year, the Apsara Authority along with private sector bodies such as Siem Reap Human Resource Association and Siem Reap Tourism Association planted more than 2,000 saplings around the Angkor area in order to increase forest cover and improve the environment surrounding temples.