Kep City Hosts Cambodia’s Year 3 National Workshop

March 2, 2017

IMG_2323_smallKep City hosted Cambodia’s National Workshop for Year 3 Model Cities on 2 March 2017. The workshop had about 70 participants and was joined by the Governors/Vice Governors of 6 provinces – Kep, Pursat, Sihanoukville, Siem Reap, Takeo and Kampot – all upcoming green cities of Cambodia who also have plans to expand tourism as a green growth sector.

IMG_2371_smallPhnom Penh City’s former head of Environment Department and former national AWGESC focal point Mr. Chiek Ang was the keynote speaker to share his experiences on ASEAN’s ESC activities and to encourage other cities to improve their work to meet ASEAN’s ESC indicators. The workshop raised awareness on the SDGs and showcased the innovations made by Phnom Penh, Kep and Pursat City.

IMG_2406_smallDr. Vann Monyneath, AWGESC Chair, explaining to students of Kep City’s first Model Green School about the importance of green and clean energy.


IMG_2448_smallTwo photovoltaic panels were installed at the schools’ library. It provided electricity to six fans and eight LED lights.


IMG_2415_smallThe young and energetic school principal showing visitors around. The library is now a more comfortable common space for students to hang out, read and learn.

 IMG_2454_smallIn addition to lights and fans in the library, there is also enough to supply a pump to bring water from a new water tank to 6 newly constructed taps in the upgraded toilets, which is among the first public school to be comply with ASEAN Public Toilet Standards for public schools (including being disabled friendly).

IMG_2459_smallNow, students have a proper basin to wash their hands and practice basic hygiene (water pumped from newly established water tank). Before this, students did not have water supply and had to manually transport water.

New plots of gardens were constructed. The Prime Minister’s office agreed to contribute a significant pot of additional grants to build a new two-storey classroom block with a meeting room for teachers (shown in the photo below).


IMG_2416_smallAccording to MOE officers, the recognition as Cambodia’s and ASEAN’s pilot Model Green School was a successful justification for securing this fund. It is hoped this will school will be make large progress and be comparable to the current top Eco-school in Siem Reap which won the last ASEAN Eco-School Awards.


IMG_2455_smallUnused open space with discarded tyres which will be upgraded with gardens and landscaping (inspiration from Myanmar’s Eco-school in Mandalay).


IMG_2445_smallThis vegetable garden was established a few months ago under ASEAN ESC Model Cities programme.



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