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Phnom Penh 2004 Environment Conference and Field Training

Delegates at the 4-day conference on Buddhism and the Environment, Phnom Penh, 2004

Extending the network in Southeast Asian countries

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 3-13 May 2004

The high point of the Asian Buddhist Network’s year-long expansion in Southeast Asia was a 4-day conference in Phnom Penh, preceded by 6 days of training workshops. The conference was attended by monks and NGOs from Cambodia, Thailand, Lao and Myanmar. The wide range of groups reflected the deepening relationships of Buddhist organisations, NGOs and governments throughout this region. Participants included 87 monastic participants, 18 conservation and development NGOs and representatives of the World Bank and the Ministry of the Environment of the Royal Government of Cambodia.

Nuns receive training in how to plant trees
A six-day study training tour preceded the conference. 47 monks from two Cambodian provinces visited existing pagoda-based projects, village eco-clubs, community forests and eco-tourism programmes.

This was a unique event for Buddhists and received regular and extensive press coverage. Since the meeting, ARC and our Cambodian partners, Mlup Baitong, with the financial assistance of the World Bank, have been in regular contact with conservation NGOs who wish to develop programmes with monastic communities.

Report on the conference proceedings

Conference schedule, 10-13 May 2004

Field training programme, 3-9 May 2004

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