China and Cambodia have signed three memoranda of understanding (MoUs) on environmental protection and biodiversity conservation (Illustrative photo: VNA)
 
Beijing (VNA) – China and Cambodia have signed three memoranda of understanding (MoUs) on environmental protection and biodiversity conservation.

The documents cover the establishment of the Cambodia-China Environmental Cooperation Centre Preparatory Office, the donation of wastewater treatment equipment, and the pilot cooperation on biodiversity and ecosystem conservation.

Speaking after the signing ceremony on July 4 in Phnom Penh, Chinese Vice Minister of Ecology and Environment Zhao Yingmin said China has been paying particular attention to the issues of environmental protection and ecosystem conservation, and that the MoUs opened a new chapter for bilateral cooperation in these fields.

This is a good, fresh start for the bilateral cooperation in environment and ecology, he said. He also expressed his belief that through the two countries’ concerted efforts, this cooperation will be further strengthened and expanded.

Cambodian Environment Minister Say Samal, for his part, said the MoUs will provide Cambodia with a greater opportunity to protect its environment and ecology.

Later, Zhao and Samal jointly unveiled the Cambodia-China Environmental Cooperation Centre Preparatory Office, which is situated in the Cambodian Ministry of Environment.

In March, Cambodia inaugurated its first water quality monitoring station funded by China near the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers in Phnom Penh. –VNA