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NagaWorld to plant 1,000 trees for a greener Cambodia

Anith Adilah Othman / Khmer Times Share:
NagaWorld Managing Director Pern Chen (green shirt), and volunteers from NagaWorld Kind Hearts, at the tree planting ceremony at Santhormok Primary School. KT/Jean-Francois Perigois

NagaWorld joined hands with the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and City Hall on Friday (Dec. 7) to take action toward achieving a cleaner and greener Cambodia.

NagaWorld’s “Green Cambodia: Environmental Awareness and Tree Planting” programme has the objective of implanting a total of 1,000 trees of various species on the premises of four selected schools in the Kingdom’s capital.

The project ‘s official initiation was made at Santhormok Primary School , near Mao Tse Tsung Boulevard, with a host of dignitaries and government representatives among the assembled.

NagaWorld Managing Director Pern Chen emphasized that NagaWorld, adherent to the firm’s sense of corporate social responsibility, has placed environmental care in a top spot on its priority list. Since 2014, it has helped plant over 3,300 trees nationwide.

“Through the educational workshop and tree planting initiative, we hope the students will learn more about environmental conservation efforts and how they can help make a change for a greener future. They will also enjoy better air quality air and shade from the trees we planted,” he said in a statement.

Phnom Penh Deputy Governor Hout Hay attended the ceremony and commented: “We know that trees should not just be considered purely as aesthetic ornamentation. They help clean the air, and that results in cooler temperatures on the ground. So we are delighted that this tree planting [initiative] will improve the health of our citizens for years to come.”

At the campaign commencement dignitaries and volunteers, school staff and students planted three types of trees: Beng (Afzelia Xylocarpa), Koki (Hopea odorata), and Kra Houng (Aquilaria sinensis), in the primary school compound.

Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport Lok Chumteav Khun Rachana commended the efforts, and noting that they would truly benefit the students. “The ministry always encourages trees to be planted along boundaries to provide shade within the school compound, as well as on both sides of the walkway to the school. A well shaded schoo compound offers a more conducive learning environment, allowing the school to attract students and to inspire them to study regularly, so they can achieve good academic results.”

That forests are “the green lungs of our planet” and therefore necessary to preserve a healthy ecosystem for flora and fauna was acknowledged by Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environment Neth Pheaktra: “Tree planting helps mitigate the impact of climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and releasing oxygen to reduce air pollution. It also sends the message to all people that they must protect our natural resources and conserve biodiversity.

“Through this Green Cambodia programme, we hope to see sustainability beyond the trees that we plant, giving an effective boost to reforestation efforts nationwide, which is in line with the UN’s goal to combat desertification.”

The initiative has the assistance of over 100 NagaWorld Kind Hearts volunteers, all of them NagaWorld staff members who donate their personal time to the environmental-friendly initiative. Formed in 2014, NagaWorld Kind Hearts promotes volunteerism, and focuses on four key pillars: education enhancement, community engagement, sports development, and environmental care.

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