Friday, July 2, 2010

Role of Youth Development and Community Resource Conservation

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

About 140 people including students, youth volunteers, communities’ representatives and civil society representatives from involved government institutions and NGOs have attended the learning filed trip on “Role of Youth in Development and Community’s Resources Conservation” on June 16th in Banteay Prey fishery community in Andoung Thmor commune, Prey Nup district, Preah Sihanouk province.

The event was organized by the Cambodian Volunteers for Society (CVS) in collaboration with the Youth Resources Development Program (YRDP), Fishery Action Coalition Team (FACT), Administrative Fishery Office of Preah Sihanouk province, NGO Forum on Cambodia and Banteay Prey community in order to encourage the youths to be networked and involved in the developing work in Cambodia.

Mr. Pen Somony, Executive Director of CVS, said that the purpose of the event was to provide the opportunity for youths to learn about real practice in social work in local communities towards strengthening of social knowledge, critical thinking skills, efficiency analysis for building up their attitude through potential young activists to involve in local communities and society development in Cambodia in the future.

Youth’s participations are very important for community and society because they will aware people about the strengthening of community empower, fishery resources management and the use of effectiveness and sustainability for new generations, he said.

“I think that this activity is very important for our youths to learn about local community organizing process for resources protection and using in communities and especially mangrove resources which are important and invaluable for communities in the present and the future,” he said at the learning field trip.

Somony pointed out that youth participation have shown their commitments, their personal resource contribution and times with mangrove transplanting voluntary. On the other hand, they are aware about the importance of their participations for resources conservation in community which reflected about high responsibility of youths in environment protection and mangrove transplanting for providing habitat for diversity of marine resources, environmental protection and community livelihoods improvement in Cambodia.

He added that moreover, this activity will become a new model for youth community in the area and other areas to follow it and it also becomes new model action and sustainable activities, the protection of mangrove trees as well as other natural resources in Cambodia in the future.

Doung Sam Ath, Chief of Administrative Fishery Office in Preah Sihanouk province, said that mangrove transplanting is the main mechanism that youth volunteers have to network and to be involved and contribute their personal resources and energy in improving community livelihoods, environmental protection and understanding about community based natural resources management. He added that more importantly, mangrove was very important for addressing tourism as well as environmental protection, storm and all kinds of marine resources that the peoples and animal need for support of their daily livelihoods.

Vann No, Chief of Andoung Thmor Commune in Preah Sihanouk province, said that youth capacity building via field trip learning, focusing on the understanding about the benefit of mangrove, working skills and experience exchange with voluntary action for contribution to local community livelihoods improvement will help them to be aware about the natural resources preservation and mangrove transplanting at fishery community flooded forests protection in Cambodia. He added that these activities have shown the role of youth and rural communities in developing community’s resources conservation. It will also become a good new model for youths and local people to have their brainstorming and understanding their roles and participation in developing social development and environments protection in the future.

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