Battambang wins clean city award with help from County of Kings, FCM

Kirk Starratt
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Thanks in part to a Federation of Canadian Municipalities partnership with the County of Kings, Battambang has won a clean city award from the Government of Cambodia.

With the help of a Federation of Canadian Municipalities partnership with the County of Kings, Battambang has won a clean city award from the Government of Cambodia. Battambang was ranked number-one in this year’s Clean City Award Competition.

Federation of Canadian Municipalities program manager Pascal Lavoie said that the Municipal Deputy Governor emphasized during a meeting in October that the partnership with Kings County and the related support from the FCM was instrumental in raising awareness, devising solutions and addressing problems and leveraging other investments and support for cleaning up Battambang.

Lavoie said members of the Kings County contingencies who travelled to Cambodia saw in 2007, 2008 and 2009 the types of waste management challenges Battambang was facing.

“And the award certainly speaks to the level of commitment that Battambang has shown in the effort to build a more clean and attractive city,” Lavoie wrote in an email to project partners. “This is of course also a fundamental feature of their current effort to develop and promote tourism and local economic development.”

Lavoie extended his congratulations to Valley Waste Resource Management policy co-ordinator Brian VanRooyen and the County of Kings team. Several Kings County councillors and staff members have participated in missions to Cambodia in recent years as part of the FCM partnership.

Lavoie said the exceptional fundraising done by the County of Kings in 2009 and 2010 brought resources to the Battambang area to help the people there improve their environment. Lavoie called it “an excellent result built over sustained effort and commitment on your (the Kings County team’s) part.”

Organizations: Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Geographic location: Several Kings, Cambodia

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