Remarks by Mr. Richard Chen, Office Director, Sustainable Economic Growth Office, USAID/Cambodia, Launch of “Protect Our Wildlife: Reduce Buying and Eating Bushmeat” Campaign

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

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  • Good morning your Excellency, lok chum teav, extinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. 

I am delighted to be here with you to launch the “Protect Our Wildlife: Reduce Buying and Eating Bushmeat” campaign.

Wildlife is an integral part of Cambodia's national heritage and plays an important role in maintaining ecosystem services that benefit people and the economy. But Cambodia’s natural resources and wildlife are disappearing from forests and protected areas.

The campaign we launch today focuses on youth as protectors of Cambodia’s natural heritage by reducing  the demand for bushmeat consumption–a significant driver of biodiversity loss. The slogan for the campaign states “Let Wildlife Live,” because wildlife is an integral part of nature, economy, and culture.

This effort is also aligned with the Ministry of Environment’s zero snaring campaign launched in March of this year. Reducing the demand for bushmeat will drive down the incentive to snare and illegally hunt.

Involving youth in environmental protection and wildlife conservation is crucial for the management of the country’s natural resources. It is also a key element to the sustainable growth of Cambodia’s economy.  The energy and commitment of young adults can help increase the commitment to conserve nature and biodiversity in the Kingdom both today and for future generations.

That is why USAID is proud to partner with youth, private sector, and government counterparts to address negative behaviors that cause forest and biodiversity loss. It is also why we promote positive actions that support environmentally friendly products and services. 

This year is the 72nd anniversary of diplomatic ties between the United States and Cambodia. The United States government continues to support Cambodians protecting their natural resources and responding to climate change challenges, including over $100 million in USAID support for environmental programs in the Kingdom over the past two decades.

By working together, I know we can improve the protection of Cambodia’s forests, wildlife, and natural resources.

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Last updated: September 02, 2022

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