The Training of Trainer on Facilitating Fisheries Information Gathering Through Introduction of Co-management and Community-based Fisheries Management: Effective Implementation of Co-management and CBFM in Lao PDR

Date: 19-22 September 2016
Venue: Vientiane, Lao PDR


1) To provide the knowledge and experience on practical approach to Co-Management and Community-Based Fisheries Management (CBFM) to local fishing community of Lao PDR,
2) To strengthen practical competence in cooperation and implementing the applicable inland fishery management plans by local fishing community,
3) To provide practical tools and methodology of fisheries data collection in inland small-scale fisheries for better development and management of fisheries resources to ensure sustainable livelihood for fishing communities, and
4) To transfer knowledge on Lao Fisheries law and gender to local officers.


The training program composed of three sessions;

Session 1, this session had six presentations from resource person from DLF, JICA and SEAFDEC. These presentations focus on the concept of sustainable fisheries management and Co-management/Community-based Fisheries Management (CBFM), the Fisheries law of Lao PDR and gender in fisheries in order to clearly understand the importance of sustainable fisheries development through co-management for inland fisheries.

 Session 2, this session composes of five presentations focusing the case study on the co-management and community-based fisheries management (CBFM) approach implementing in Thailand at Nam Oon Dam, Sakon Nakhon Province. As well as the case study of Tagal system in Malaysia including the case study in the Philippines that showed how to develop the fisheries management plan in Samar Sea Fisheries Management Plan. Moreover, the case study on CBFM in Lao PDR and fisheries law also were presented. Furthermore, the resources person from Lao PDR also introduced the gender issues on the encouraging women’s participation in fisheries management for sustainable livelihood of Ban Donchai-udom women group, Vientiane Province.

Session 3: Workshop on preparation of fisheries management plan in fisheries community. This session started by introduce on how to preparation of fisheries management plan to the participants. The participants were divided into 4 groups (6 person/group) to conduct the practical activity by discussion and develop simply fisheries management plan for inland fisheries such as reservoirs and rivers. In order to develop fisheries management plan, the threats and issues in the fisheries management unit (FMU) should be identified and prioritized including created vision the long-term aspiration of what you would like the FMU to be. Then set the goal, objectives and indicator as well as the management action.

Each group presented the output of fisheries management plans that include the map of FMU, Vision, Goal, issues, objectives, indicator and management action.

Furthermore, there was a field visit to Conservation area at Ban Nathong Village or tourists well known as Blue Lagoon, attending by 25 participants. Mr. Boonma, Head of Nathong village explained that the conservation area is in the pool length around 100 meters and established in 1998 and promote as the tourist site. The rule and regulation of this conservation area were defined by community agreement. There are 137 households. Three household can operate food shop in this site for 3 months (then rotate among the members). They have to pay for rental shop to the community around 3,000,000 kip/3 mont

hs. This community have to pay tax 115,500,000 kip/year to the government. However, the community gain benefit from this conservation area through the employment from tourism. From the field visit, the participants gained more knowledge and they can apply to develop their fisheries management plan in their responsible area for the future work.