Cambodia Implementing a Regional Project in the Mekong

Cambodia has been carrying out a regional project called Voices for Mekong Forests (V4MF) to improve forest governance in Mekong countries, said a press release AKP received recently.

This regional project was launched here last week by the Ministry of Environment of Cambodia and the Delegation of the European Union (EU), it pointed out.

According to the same source, the objective of the project is to build the capacity of non-states actors (NSAs) in three transboundary landscapes to work together to assess, monitor and strengthen forest governance and to engage effectively in policy processes. One of those transboundary regions includes Cambodia's Eastern Plains Landscape and neighbouring areas in Vietnam and Laos.

This project is implemented by RECOFTC, WWF and other NGO partners for a five-year period with a budget of 5.8 million Euro.

Rural communities rely on forests for their livelihoods. Constructive engagement of local communities and civil society is crucial to ensure good management of precious forest resources, said the Ambassador of the European Union in Cambodia, H.E. George Edgar.

The Mekong region is home to an estimated 85 million forest-dependent people and more than a third are indigenous peoples. Overall, an estimated 30 percent of the rural population in the region is living in poverty. Forest loss averaged 4.9 percent between 1990 and 2015; forest communities in the Mekong region are facing many challenges, ensuring that they can make a sustainable living from the forest landscapes.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press