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Ministry of Environment Advocates for Enhanced Cleanliness in Cambodian Society

PHNOM PENH, April 10, 2024 — The Ministry of Environment is actively supporting initiatives aimed at enhancing cleanliness in Cambodian society, encompassing personal and public hygiene, as well as national and international environmental standards. This commitment was expressed by Dr. Eang Sophalleth, Minister of Environment, during a meeting on Thursday afternoon, May 9, 2024, with youth groups, civil society organizations, students, representatives of the informal economy, and journalists at the Ministry.

Dr. Eang Sophalleth detailed that the ministry’s cleanliness strategy is part of the broader "environmental chakra strategy," which has previously included campaigns for land, air, and water cleanliness. He highlighted the ongoing initiative focusing on reducing plastic use, which urges citizens to forgo plastic bags under the campaign slogan: "Today I do not use plastic bags." The campaign has been instrumental in fostering environmental consciousness among Cambodians, particularly the youth, who have been significant participants.

The minister also noted the successful reduction in plastic usage across the nation, marking a point of pride and a move to the campaign's second phase. This next stage encourages community engagement in cleaning homes, villages, proper garbage sorting, and disposal.

Dr. Eang Sophalleth called for continued and enhanced efforts from all stakeholders, especially Cambodia's youth, to foster a cleaner environment. This includes efforts to eliminate plastic waste and improve environmental sanitation.

Under the leadership of Dr. Eang Sophalleth, the Ministry of Environment is committed to addressing climate change and promoting a green economy. This commitment aligns with Cambodia's long-term goals of becoming a carbon-neutral country and achieving 60% forest coverage by 2050, reflecting Cambodia's emerging environmental stewardship on the international stage.

This strategy falls under the directive of Prime Minister Hun Manet and is part of the Environmental Chakra Strategy, which focuses on three core principles: cleanliness, greenness, and sustainability. These efforts aim to convert Cambodia’s environmental potential into tangible benefits for the nation and its people across all generations.

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