EU and WWF Launch 5-Year Project for Conservation of Natural Resources in Cambodia

The European Union (EU) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) launched here yesterday in a workshop a five-year project (2018-2022) called Advancing CSO's Capacity to Ensure Sustainability Solutions (ACCESS) to conserve natural resources in the country.

The overarching objective of the project is to strengthen the role and participation of Cambodian forest-dependent communities in improved governance, inclusive policy dialogue and natural resources conservation in Mondulkiri province, according to a WWF's press release.

The launching workshop also opened the floor to all stakeholders to discuss and gather inputs on resolutions or mechanism, shared related challenges at the target intervention areas, and provided a recommendation on improving the approaches on project management, implementation, and monitoring to better achieve desired outcomes.

Community Protected Areas are like effective living fences to protect our forests and biodiversity, said Mr. Seng Teak, WWF-Cambodia Country Director. Engaging and empowering these communities to sustainably manage the forest resources, at the same time, increasing their well-being is the way forwards for natural resources conservation.

We are delighted to financially support this project. It contributes to the efforts of the Royal Government on protected area management and sustainable development in Mondulkiri. To make the project succeed, we encourage strong commitment and responsive actions from decision-makers, civil society and as well as communities themselves so that the project can unfold its full benefits for local population, forests, and wildlife, said EU Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. George Edgar.

He added that he supported the Royal Government of Cambodia on developing zoning plans of Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary and Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary because the zoning can help strengthen the management of the protected areas.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press