PHNOM PENH, Nov. 3, (Khmer Times) – Battambang City has won an ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable City Award for 2014. It is the first time Battambang, Cambodia’s second city, has received international recognition for its green approach.
The awards were presented during the 15th Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment and 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution on October 30-31.
The event in Vientiane, Laos was designed to recognize inspiring initiatives to keep ASEAN cities clean, green and liveable as they continue to grow as centers of economic activities.
Located in the northwest of the country close to the Sangkae River, Battambang’s leafy and peaceful streets have already been acknowledged by the Cambodian government, which awarded it a clean city award last May.
Nine other ASEAN cities were also proclaimed winners at the awards. Indonesia’s Tangerang City, Brunei’s capital Bandar Seri Begawan, Luang Prabang in Laos, Malaysia’s historic Malacca, and Myanmar’s Yangon were among the other cities which won awards.
San Carlos of Philippines, Singapore’s North West District, Chiang Rai in Thailand and Vietnam’s Hue City were also recognized by ASEAN.
During the meeting, the Ministers reviewed regional cooperation on a number of environmental issues, in particular actions taken on environmental sustainability under the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint. New initiatives to further promote regional environmental cooperation were also discussed, said ASEAN in a statement.