Workshop on “Revitalization of Protected Area Conservation” at Laos Electricity Company, Nam Ngum Reservoir, Vientaine

The Stakeholder Consultative Workshop on “Revitalization of Protected Area Conservation”
Venue: Laos Electricity Company, Nam Ngum Reservoir, Vientaine Province, Lao PDR

Date: 25-26 November 2008
Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center-Training Department (SEAFDEC-TD) received a kind agreement from the Department of Livestock and Fisheries (DLF), Lao PDR to implement “the Promotion of inland small-scale fisheries management through rights-based and co-management towards institutional building and participatory approaches” with cost-sharing scheme. Regarding the cost-sharing scheme, SEAFDEC-TD has also received supporting fund from Japanese Contribution to share with the DLF for the project implementation.
Then the stakeholder consultative workshop has main activity to facilitate stakeholders to share, exchange and discuss to form co-management institution between stakeholders and local government agencies.

The Workshop carried out through three main sessions. First, knowledge transfer on concept of co-management including rights-based fisheries which was presented at the workshop. This presentation has an objective to encourage understanding on how and why co-management and rights-based fisheries concept is prominent to better inland small-scale fisheries development and management. Related lessons learned and experiences also illustrated along line with the concept presentation in order to facilitate a tangible scenario to stakeholders.

Discussion and decision session was second exercise to let stakeholder express, consider and discuss on problems commonly affected to their livelihood and employment. Then, participants had brainstorming to define solution and place the right solution into the problems. The results of the group discussion was a decline of aquatic resource in the reservoir, illegal fishing gear and operation, deterioration of environment, an increase of number of fishers. The solutions purposed for these problems were stop illegal fishing gear and operation, promote coordination between government officers and community to control and manage a use of aquatic resources, demarcated conservation area and management, etc. In this connection, they defined that government side should take leading role to action in solving each problem and collaborated with local community to promote a sustainable use of aquatic resources.
The last session, seeking and forming co-management institutional design and establishment is the most important session. This is to settle a local management entity or body to implement and promote inland small-scale fisheries development and management achieving better situation.
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