In an interview in Dali, Yunnan Province, on October 9, ahead of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Lem Puthviro, Consul General of Cambodia in Kunming, underlined the need to tackle environmental problems through collaboration. This is an edited excerpt of his views:
I have learned a lot of Chinese experience in ecology and environmental protection.
I hope that China will assist Cambodia in these sectors, because now Cambodia has a lot of problems with ecology and climate change.
As a government official, I will inform my ministry about the Chinese achievements in environmental protection.The land, the rivers, the mountains, the waters (in China) now are cleaner.
It is important for Cambodia to learn from the Chinese side, because we hope to follow the good experiences for our country, for our own good results and the benefit of our Cambodian people.
So we have to uphold multilateralism. We have to cooperate closely to fight pollution together. It’s the first step.The second step, we have to improve our technologies, our resources, I mean, financial and human resources. And third, we have to establish the framework for our region so that we can cooperate between China and Southeast Asia. All the 10 countries, especially the five Mekong-Lancang River countries, have to cooperate with China about the environment, about climate change.
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