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Project launched to conserve natural resources in Mondulkiri

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The European Union and WWF yesterday launched a $3.4 million project to conserve natural resources in Mondulkiri province.

According to a press release issued yesterday, the EU and WWF have officially launched a project worth $3.4 million to support sustainable management of rich forest resources in Mondulkiri province.

It said the primary objective of the five-year project was to strengthen the role and participation of Cambodian forest-dependent communities in improved governance, inclusive policy dialogue, and natural resources conservation.

The project seeks to ensure that marginalised forest communities affected by threats, such as increasing pressure from external economic interests on the natural resources which they depend upon, are able to legally enforce the protection of their forest.

It will specifically support the empowerment of forest-dependent communities in Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary and Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary which jointly cover 40 percent of Mondulkiri province.

Seng Teak, WWF-Cambodia country director, said that engaging and empowering these communities to sustainably manage the forest resources, while at the same increasing their well-being, was the way forward for natural resources conservation.

The beneficiaries of the project are 2,000 households located in 34 villages inside two adjacent national protected areas., left, and General Neth Savoeun, right. Fresh News

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