The Ministry of Environment announced the launch of a two-year project to stimulate local economies through the implementation of agroforestry and environmental agronomy in Kravanh district, Pursat province.

Ministry secretary of state Mom Thany, who is heading the project management team, presided over the January 27 opening ceremony.

Also in attendance were 65 people, including Pursat provincial deputy governor Pok Nady, the leadership and officials from the General Department of Local Communities, ministry advisers, officials from the provincial environment department, park rangers and members of the Raing Khvav protected area community.

“The Raing Khvav community have high hopes for the project,” said the ministry in a social media post.

Community members thanked minister Say Samal for considering their livelihoods and selecting the Raing Khvav protected area as one of the first three communities to benefit from the project. There are currently 190 community protected areas across the Kingdom.