Environmental week at Siem Reap airport

Environmental Week in Siem Reap International Airport

15 June, 2018

Participants of the World Environment Week event

Due to the massive tourism that the city of Siem Reap is experiencing, it is critical that cities, like this one, are prepared to deal with its consequences. As many other cities in the world, Siem Reap cannot cope with the side effects of this ever-growing industry. Therefore, it is paramount important to raise environmental awareness and support local environmental initiatives to secure a rosy future of sustainable cities. Aiming to achieve this, Cambodia Airports invited Soulcial Trust, the coordinating member of the Siem Reap Green Committee, to organise a week-long event at Siem Reap International Airport to highlight World Environment Day last week.

This event included the participation of five different organisations and socially and environmentally responsible businesses. The objective was to raise environmental awareness and showcase the different organisations and businesses that are working for a cleaner and more environmentally responsible Cambodia. The participating organisations were: Kingdom of Wow, Rehash Trash, Cambodia Bird Guide Association, Can’Art, and Friends international. Additionally, Selong Vat, an artist based in Siem Reap, was invited to exhibit some of his work, which is made from recycled materials.

Local artist, Selong Vat.

The event took place in both the arrivals and departures halls of the airport. The first booth was located in international arrivals. Passengers arriving and collecting their luggage were greeted by Selong’s intricate artwork.. Next to them was a booth showcasing all the different products and information leaflets from the participating NGOs and businesses, including “Refill Not Landfill” reusable water bottles that can be refilled for free at various locations around Siem Reap. At the second booth, which was located in international departures next to the duty-free store, travelers could peruse home décor products made from the fabric leftovers from a local factory that produces cloth for eyewear brands. The other business participating at this booth was Can’Art, a social and environmentally responsible business that makes inventive jewellery and accessories from aluminium can lids.

We are grateful to have had the opportunity to promote the environmental and recycling and upcycling initiatives taking place in Siem Reap! Stay tuned for upcoming events.