EU Delegation and Ministry of Agriculture announce launch of support projects for Tonlé Sap fishing community and coastal provinces

Four EU-funded projects to support fishing communities in 10 Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserves and Coastal Provinces have been officially launched.

The EU Delegation in Cambodia and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) officially announced the launch of the four EU-funded projects on October 27. The announcement was made during a joint virtual workshop.

About 320 participants attended the virtual workshop. Relevant representatives and officials from line ministries, provincial authorities, the technical working group on fisheries, fishing communities, EU Member States and other development partners, as well as NGOs attended. the meeting.

According to the Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation in Cambodia, Bryan Fornari, the launch of the projects is an important stepping stone towards the Covid-19 recovery plan in the region. The projects aim to support green growth, job creation, social services and better protection of natural resources for fishing communities in 10 Tonlé Sap biosphere reserves and coastal provinces.

If successful, the projects could bring new economic opportunities and improve the standard of living of more than 50,000 people. As in most countries, the pandemic has caused a lot of jobs in Cambodia, but the new jobs that would be created by the projects will help to alleviate the decline in the number of civilians employed. AKP-Chea Vannak

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