The APSARA National Authority in collaboration with Total Energies company, planted more than 10,000 trees in front of the Banteay Prey Temple of the Angkor site late last week.

The tree-planting ceremony was presided by H.E. Dr. Phoeurng Sackona, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, President of the Board of APSARA National Authority, with the participation of French Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Jacques PELLET, Deputy Governor of Siem Reap Mr. Prak Sophoan, and Ms. Dinah KUMAR, Managing Director of Total Energies company in Cambodia, monks, and officials-staff.

According to a news release of the APSARA National Authority, the tree planting was aimed to maintain the cultural landscape, to create a green cover for the environment in the Angkor area, to create wildlife sanctuaries and preserve the temples.

“The Angkor site has been the heritage of Khmer ancestors for generations, the temple, and forestry have always been with people,” H.E. Dr. Phoeurng Sackona said at the event. “Community, forestry, and water are what we do today as part of preserving our cultural heritage.”

H.E. Dr. Phoeurng Sackona said that not only in the temples, even in the pagodas, the monks always advise the Buddhists to plant trees because they provide many benefits to people.

Today in the Angkor area, in addition to the temple protection, planting saplings is even more important to the environment, which contributes to achieving the “zero-carbon” policy, while the world is experiencing climate change.

H.E. Minister thanked and appreciated the Total Energies company, which has cooperated with the APSARA National Authority to plant trees to make the Angkor site more beautiful for the next generation.

Total Energies company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the APSARA National Authority on the project to plant and maintain trees (Angkor TotalEnergy Park) for 5 years (2021-2026).

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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