Phnom Penh, Cambodia – The Ministry of Environment of Cambodia held a bilateral discussion on September 29, 2023, to strengthen the cooperation between Cambodia and Australia in the area of environmental conservation. The meeting was attended by H.E. Dr. Eang Sophalleth, the Minister of Environment, and H.E. Justin Whyatt, Ambassador of Australia to Cambodia, along with his delegation. The purpose of the meeting was to reaffirm Australia’s commitment to supporting the Ministry of Environment and advancing its new initiatives.
During the meeting, Minister Dr. Eang Sophalleth expressed gratitude towards Australia and its citizens for their continuous support in addressing environmental issues and supporting priorities of the Ministry of Environment. These priorities include solid waste management, strategic forest rehabilitation, and reforestation projects aimed at having over 60% of Cambodia’s forest cover by 2050. These initiatives not only protect the country’s natural heritage but also have a positive impact on community livelihoods and sustainable development. The Minister highlighted the global responsibility of safeguarding the environment, which holds significance for individuals and nations alike.
It is worth noting that the Ministry of Environment’s priority initiatives are aligned with the Royal Government of Cambodia’s pentagonal strategy, specifically focusing on the first, second, fourth, and fifth angles. This strategic alignment aims to ensure sustainable socio-economic development and enhance resilience in the face of climate change challenges. The collaboration in development cooperation and diplomatic relations between Australia and Cambodia strengthens the strategic partnership between the two nations.
Australia’s renewed commitment to supporting Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment demonstrates the shared determination to protect the environment for present and future generations. As Cambodia and Australia join forces in their environmental pursuits, the international community anticipates significant progress in environmental conservation efforts.