Non-timber forest producers contribute to social, environmental protection in Cambodia: Conservationist groups

Phnom Penh – Non-timber forest producer groups and associations represented important providers of social protection, while making a significant contribution to forest conservation and poverty eradication goals in Cambodia, conservationist groups said in a joint press release on Monday.

About 68 percent of total rural households across Cambodia relied on forest resources for their livelihood activities, said the release jointly issued by the Cambodian Ministry of Environment, Non-Timber Forest Products-Exchange Program (NTFP-EP), the World-Wide Fund for Nature, and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Aside from collecting root crops, fruit, vegetables for daily consumption, local communities sustainably harvest forest honey, rattan, bamboo, and resin among others for

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