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EU Visits Project Sustainable and Inclusive Fisheries and Livelihoods in Cambodia

Last week, the EU visited the provinces of Kampong Thom and Kampong Chhnang in Cambodia for the closure of the Sustainable and Inclusive Fisheries and Livelihoods on the Great Lake (SIFAL) project.

EU Visits Project Sustainable and Inclusive Fisheries and Livelihoods in Cambodia

The official closing of the project took place earlier this week, 25 September, and was attended by more than 80 participants, including representatives from the Fisheries Administration, the Delegation of the European Union, and reps from the Technical Working Group on Fisheries.

In this project, ICCO trained 200 households to develop alternative livelihoods next to fishing with great results. People have reported increases in income and opportunities to develop alternative livelihoods such as chicken raising and aquaculture. Moreover, the program contributed to empowering women of the household, for example, by training women to raise chickens. ICCO has also strengthened the communal loans and savings program for over 1,000 people, where beneficiaries can save and/or take loans to develop small businesses.

SIFAL aimed to increase the organizational and technical capacities of Community Fisheries (CFi), CSOs, local authorities and de-concentrated governmental bodies for the implementation of good fisheries governance and management for better livelihoods in Kampong Thom and Kampong Chhnang. This project was funded by the European Union in Cambodia and was implemented by ICCO Cooperation, VSO CambodiaFisheries Action Coalition Team – FACT and CCD.