Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - 1River Fest set to delight revellers, environment

1River Fest set to delight revellers, environment

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The 1River Music Festival is to be held in front of the Ministry of Environment from Sunday until Tuesday, ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra said at a press conference on Wednesday. Environment Ministry

1River Fest set to delight revellers, environment

The 1River Music Festival is to be held in front of the Ministry of Environment from Sunday until Tuesday.

The three-day concert will coincide with next week’s Water Festival when millions of visitors will descend on Phnom Penh for the annual celebrations.

“We want to use the occasion of the Water Festival to educate people on the environmental devastation caused by plastic bags, reduce their use, and instil in them the spirit of conservation through music,” ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Pheaktra, who is also secretary of state, reiterated that plastic bags were a grave ecological concern and that investors were encouraged to process bags from raw, natural materials to better serve consumers and the Earth.

Around 10 million plastic bags are used in Phnom Penh every day, said New York-based Acra Foundation.

Around 90 per cent of the world’s plastics wind up in oceans, mostly through just 10 major rivers, including the Mekong River, said the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Cambodian-American singer-songwriter Laura Mam is among the artists set to take the stage during the two-day music festival. She told The Post she hoped the performances would spur young people to become actively engaged in conservation and clean-up efforts.

“Concerts and art performances have a way of encouraging people and conveying messages in powerful ways and I hope it will be the case for the fans that join us this Water Festival.

“We’re treating it as an opportunity to address their attitudes and habits to inspire them to love the natural world and to foster a more beautiful and tidy Kingdom which can be a source of national pride,” Mam said.

The 1River Music Festival is to be organised with the cooperation of various development partners, local NGOs and some private firms.

UNDP resident representative Nick Beresford told The Post that hazardous plastic waste was a pressing concern for Cambodia, particularly after it was revealed that 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic are used each year globally, while Cambodian cities produce more than four million tonnes of plastic waste each year.

“The reduction in plastic waste is a challenge as the habit of throwing away plastic bags is difficult to change as they are cheap, cannot be used for a long time and are easily accessible to most people. Even a cup of coffee merits a plastic bag sometimes,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Reports: Rainsy barred from Jakarta flight

    Sam Rainsy was on Wednesday refused entry to a flight from Malaysia to Indonesia, media reported late on Wednesday. The “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party’s announced return to the Kingdom on Independence Day on Saturday failed to occur. Rainsy

  • Government studying EU’s preliminary report on EBA

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Wednesday said the government was studying the EU Commission’s preliminary report on the human rights situation in the Kingdom that could lead to a suspension of access to its “Everything But Arms” (EBA) agreement. The

  • Gov’t: Rainsy’s ‘coup plot’ a failure

    The government on Wednesday commended the Kingdom’s security forces for thwarting the attempted “coup plot” by former opposition leader Sam Rainsy through his announced return to Cambodia on November 9. The comments came as Rainsy, the “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue

  • Rainsy blocked from boarding flight to Jakarta

    Sam Rainsy was on Wednesday refused entry to a flight from Malaysia to Indonesia, media reported late on Wednesday. The "acting president" of the Cambodia National Rescue Party's announced return to the Kingdom on Independence Day on Saturday failed to occur. Rainsy arrived in Kuala

  • Tour guides question animal release ban in Angkor moat

    The Khmer Angkor Tour Guide Association (Katga) called on the Apsara National Authority to reconsider its decision banning all animals from being released into the moat surrounding the Angkor Wat temple after the authority prohibited the action for the sake of visitors’ safety. An Apsara

  • Kingdom to import 200MW from Lao hydropower plant

    Cambodia plans to import 200MW of electricity from Laos’ Don Sahong hydropower plant early next year to curb power shortages this coming dry season, with the transmission line network scheduled for completion later this year, Ministry of Mines and Energy spokesman Victor Jona said. Jona,