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Race through sanctuaries to boost conservation

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The race begins today. KT/Ven Rathavong

The Environment Ministry will today host a Khmer Rally Race through protected areas in three provinces to raise awareness for the protection of forests and natural resources.

Ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra said at a press conference yesterday that the ministry cooperated with the Cambodia Motor Sports Federation to organise the race, which begins today and runs until Sunday.

The race, comprised of nine cars and 16 motorbikes being driven by racers from Cambodia, New Zealand, Wales, Scotland, Thailand and Australia, will stretch across Kampong Speu, Kampot and Preah Sihanouk provinces.

“The race will cross wildlife sanctuaries in those three provinces,” Mr Pheaktra said, noting that the sanctuaries include Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary, Kirirom National Park, Preah Monivong Bokor National Park and Phnom Kravanh National Park.

Mr Pheaktra said the race will showcase the beauty of the sanctuaries in a bid to ensure they are protected in the future.

“This is the first time the ministry cooperated with the federation to organise racing through our protected areas,” he said.

Mr Pheaktra said video and pictures collected during the race will promote conservation.

“We will develop more conservation ideas and educate the public to love and protect natural resources,” he said.

Cross Thach, a Cambodian racer, said he is excited for the race.

“This race is very special because we can contribute to conservation,” he said. “Foreign racers will also see our natural resources when crossing those areas.”

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