Hanoi (VNA) - The European Union (EU) has provided 3.3 million USD to the World Wildlife Fund Cambodia (WWF-Cambodia) to fund a project on sustainable management of forest resources in Cambodia's northeastern Mondulkiri province.

According to Xinhua News Agency, the five-year project (2018-2022) aims to strengthen the role and participation of Cambodian forest-dependent communities in improving governance, inclusive policy dialogue, and natural resources conservation in the province.

The beneficiaries of the project will be 2,000 households located in 34 villages inside two adjacent national protected areas - Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary and Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary - in Mondulkiri province.

The two wildlife sanctuaries cover almost 6,000 sq km and provide agriculture and non-timber forest products-based livelihoods to over 30,000 people, including 8,000 indigenous people.

EU Ambassador to Cambodia George Edgar said the project would contribute to the Cambodian government’s efforts to manage protected areas and sustainable development in Mondulkiri.-VNA