Cambodia Committed to Improve Bay Cleanliness

Cambodia was committed to do its best to further improve the cleanliness of its bays as a member of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World (World-Bays Club) so as to increase its attractiveness to tourists.

The commitment was made by H.E. Thong Khon, Cambodian Minister of Tourism, while presiding over the opening ceremony of the International Conference on Bay Development and Conservation held in Sihanoukville, Preah Sihanouk province yesterday afternoon, as part of the World Bays-Club’s 16th World Congress taking place in the province from Dec. 9 to 14.

Mr. Michel BUJOLD, President of the World-Bays Club, was also present on the occasion, along with the participation from the Club’s delegates and many national and international guests.

The main consideration is to make sure that the water flowing into the sea must be clean, H.E. Minister underlined.

In addition, H.E. Thong Khon emphasised the Royal Government of Cambodia’s policy to give high priority to the development with consideration to the conservation of valuable resources through the introduction of laws and regulations for the management, protection and conservation of coastal areas, as well as increased cooperation from ministries and institutions, local authorities, national and international organisations, the private sector and local people.

This is a necessary mechanism to ensure sustainable development and contribute to the prevention of climate change towards the green economy in Cambodia as well as the green development at coastal areas, he stressed.

H.E. Thong Khon took the opportunity to thank the Club’s Board and all members for supporting Cambodia Bay, agreeing to admit the entire bays of Cambodia as a member, and especially electing Cambodia as the Vice President responsible for Asia-Pacific for two consecutive terms, and as the Deputy Director of the World-Bays Club until now.

Cambodia’s coastline stretches about 450 kilometres in four provinces – Preah Sihanouk, Koh Kong, Kampot and Kep. The Kingdom became a Club’s full member in its 7th World Congress in Toubacouta, Senegal on May 26, 2011.