Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Thousands expected to join river cleaning drive

Thousands expected to join river cleaning drive

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Tourism Ministry and LET’S DO IT WORLD organization clean rubbish along river bank on March 11. Supplied

Thousands expected to join river cleaning drive

The Ministry of Tourism and Let’s Do It World on Thursday announced a campaign to clear rubbish from Cambodian riverbanks.

Clean City Department director Huot Rithy called on citizens to join the campaign, which will begin on Friday in front of the Royal Palace. He said it was important to have clean rivers, particularly as the country prepares to hold the sixth edition of the River Festival in Battambang.

Battambang and Siem Reap authorities will begin river cleaning campaigns on Friday.

In a letter, the ministry asked Phnom Penh City Hall and provincial authorities to join the initiative.

“This is an important campaign for districts, cities and provinces along rivers. They must all join this effort to combat rubbish and littering,” he said, adding that the Phnom Penh campaign will be joined by up to 1,500 people from Chbar Ampov, Russey Keo and Chroy Changvar districts.

Ministry of Tourism undersecretary of state Top Sopheak said the Tonle Sap River will be targeted on Friday with the support of Let’s Do It World and River Clean Up Belgium.

“Please join the government’s efforts to clean the riverbank,” he said, adding that over 500,000 people were expected to participate in the 6th River Festival.

Let’s Do It World country leader Sovann Nou said rivers are essential to people’s lives in the Kingdom. He said the campaign aims to spread awareness about littering and its impact on the environment.

Nou asked the private sector to join the initiative and urged the government to strengthen waste management in the country. “Those who litter must be fined,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • With herd immunity likely in 2022, is Cambodia ready to reopen for tourism?

    The government aims to inoculate 80 per cent of the target population by June next year, giving it a head start among regional peers to reboot the sector but first, it has to do a few things to up its game A sign on a glass

  • Quarantine still a must for all arrivals, in next Covid chapter

    Since early May, an average of five to 10 Cambodian people have died from Covid-19 a day with many others testing positive amid the ongoing community outbreak. At the same time, however, hundreds of patients also recovered a day. The first Covid-19 case in Cambodia was

  • US wants 'full access' to Ream Naval Base

    On June 11, the US embassy's Defense Attaché Colonel Marcus M Ferrara visited Ream Nava Base in coordination with Cambodian officials following the recent approval of Prime minister Hun Sen to allay the concerns on Chinese military presence at the base as raised by US Deputy

  • Jab drive heading to 5 provinces

    The government is set to vaccinate more than 1.2 million people in five provinces after finishing with Phnom Penh and neighbouring Kandal in an ongoing campaign administered by the ministries of Health and National Defence. The five provinces are Preah Sihanouk, Kampong Speu, Takeo, Kampong Cham

  • New immigration bill targets illegal foreigners in Kingdom

    General Department of Immigration (GDI) officials are discussing revisions to the new draft law on immigration to prevent foreigners from entering Cambodia illegally and to supervise those living in the Kingdom more effectively. The revisions draw wide support among civil society organisations. GDI director-general Kirth

  • First commercial gold mine online

    Australian miner Renaissance Minerals (Cambodia) Ltd on June 21 began the commercial operation of its $120 million Okvau Gold Project in the northeastern province of Mondulkiri, becoming the Kingdom’s first gold producer. Located in the Okvau area in southwestern Mondulkiri province’s Keo Seima district, the