By Mom Sary
This year’s National and World Environment Day (NWED-2011) were held in front of Wat Botum Vortei from June 3-5, 2011. The theme was “Forests: Nature at Your Service.” The event was aimed to address environmental issues caused by human activities and the effects on living standards. It was organized by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) in collaboration with Phnom Penh Municipality and civil society organizations. Over 1,000 people from different organizations participated in the event, including governmental institutions, development partners, armed forces, civil societies, academic institutions, and local authorities.
Roughly 100 UC students joined the NWED-2011 events, which included a meeting, exhibition of products, and concert. The students learned about their role in protecting the environment and about key environmental issues in Cambodia. They also helped pick up trash into rubbish bins.
During his address, H.E Dr. Mok Mareth, Senior Minister and Minister of Environment, spoke about strategies to promote the integration of adaptation and mitigation efforts in the country. Every person can play a role in protecting the environment.
One of the UC students who participated in the event said she believes that this type of event is important because the public needs to be informed on key environmental issues and how their lives will be affected, as well as their role in environmental conservation and protection.
NWED-2011 was conducted successfully in Cambodia, and partners and stakeholders were enthusiastic about being a part of the activities.
Source: UC Bulletin June 2011, Page 8