Finland Grants Cambodia’s Sustaining Livelihoods Project

The Government of Finland will provide a $4.7 million grant for the Sustaining Livelihoods Project in the Tonle Sap in Cambodia.
         The project will help improve livelihoods and reduce poverty by financing small-scale community activities relating to social infrastructure, income-generation, and community fisheries in five provinces surrounding the Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia.
         At the same time, the project will assure that the main areas of Tonle Sap are protected by a management system that is compatible with biodiversity conservation.
         This amount of money is part of the project’s total estimated cost of     $20.3 million. Also Asia Development Bank will cover $20.3 million and the Government of Cambodia will shoulder the balance of $600,000.
         The Ministry of Interior is the executing agency for the project, which is due for complement in December 2009.

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