Environment Ministry officials, NGOs and local communities are appealing to the public to support the local forest industry in order to lift impoverished families out of poverty.
E Vuthy, deputy secretary-general of the Environment Ministry’s National Council for Sustainable Development, said non-timber forest producing groups and associations are important contributors to social protection.
According to Mr Vuthy, 68 percent of rural households across the Kingdom rely on forest resources to support their livelihood.
“Aside from collecting root crops, fruits and vegetables, local communities sustainably harvest forest honey, rattan, bamboo, resin and other plants for processing and selling,” he said. “Please support local forest products in order to support their livelihood.”
Mr Vuthy noted that the National Forest Programme for 2010-2029 aims to increase employment through sustainable forest activities, including collecting and processing non-timber products to enable citizens living in rural areas to participate in economic activities.
“The national programme also supports the development of viable small and medium scale rural enterprises that add value to forest products and make direct contributions toward self-sustained community forest management models,” he said.
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