Ministry of Environment officials spent Saturday planting mangrove trees in a bid to boost the nation’s dwindling population of the vital shrubs.
“We are doing most of the planting in Koh Kong, Kampot and Sihanoukville,” said MoE spokesman Sao Sopheap.
However he was unable to say how many trees were planted.
The ministry is funding the project with help from the Asian Development Bank and the UN Environment Programme.
“The price of replanting is approximately $600-700 per hectare, but it depends on the collection of the seedlings,” said Kim Nong, MoE deputy director-general. “If you use a nursery then it is more, but we hire people to collect seedlings when they drop, so we get them from nature.”
Mangroves are considered vital for local ecosystems and livelihoods along Cambodia’s coasts but they have long been damaged by wildfires and overdevelopment.
Nong said it would take more than just government efforts to protect them.
“We need call on all people to protect the mangrove,” he said. “It shouldn’t be just the government.”