The Ministry of Environment and the French embassy in Cambodia on Tuesday planted two trees together in the embassy compound to raise environmental awareness and inspire the public to appreciate natural resources and conserve biodiversity.
Participants in the planting of the trees included Environment Minister Say Sam Al, French Ambassador to Cambodia Eva Nguyen Binh, ministry and embassy officials, as well as students from Lycée Français René Descartes and Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE).
Neth Pheaktra, a secretary of state and spokesman at the Ministry of Environment, yesterday said that the tree planting activity aims to raise public awareness, especially among the youth, on environmental issues, including conserving biodiversity.
“This tree planting event is a symbol and also an act of participation in environmental protection to inspire people to love natural resources, especially the forest, and inspire the younger generation to participate in the protection and conservation of natural resources,” Mr Pheaktra said.
According to a statement by the Environment Ministry, French Ambassador to Cambodia Eva Nguyen Binh thanked the Environment Minister for supporting the project of planting trees and the ministry for providing more than 100 trees to the French Embassy over the years.
“Environmental protection and climate change response are the priority of France’s actions in their national framework and at the international stage,” she said.
According to the Ministry of Environment, the tree planting event was held three weeks before National Arbor Day and that organising the event at the French Embassy was aimed at promoting the embassy’s forest park.
The park of the French Embassy in Cambodia is one of the largest green spaces in Phnom Penh, which was designed with a deep sense of history, friendship and cooperation for more than 50 years between Cambodia and France, the statement further noted.
For more than a year, two forestry experts including one Cambodian and French have registered all of the trees in the park that have 200 trees in total with 50 different species.