Regional Workshop on
Facilitating Fisheries Activities Information Gathering
through Introduction of Community-based Resources Management/
Co-management in the Southeast Asian Region
22 - 24 October 2019
Sakon Nakhon Province, Thailand
The coastal and inland fisheries in Southeast Asia provide livelihoods to small-scale fishers, who are directly engaged in fishing activities including fish processing, marketing, boat building and net making, etc. The number of small-scale fishers keeps increasing while appropriate fisheries resources management is not yet introduced and in place, which could lead to the over-exploitation and degradation of fisheries resources. The conflicts among multiple users of fisheries resources also threaten the livelihood of small-scale fishers in the coastal and inland fishing communities. Appropriate management is necessary for the sustainable utilization of fishery resources. The Community-based Resources Management (CBRM)/Co-management is one of effective and efficient ways to manage the coastal and inland fishery resources.
The ASEAN-SEAFDEC Conference on Sustainable Fisheries for Food Security Towards 2020 “Fish for the People 2020: Adaptation to a Changing Environment” held in June 2011 adopted a Resolution and Plan of Action which recommends to: 1) Adopt co-management at all levels and with all relevant stakeholders in the process of planning and policy formulation for management, conservation and rehabilitation of habitats and protective geographical features, as well as policy formulation on the use and management of natural and human resources to ensure that climate change responses are integrated into fisheries policy framework, and 2) Enhance and promote the participation of local communities, fisheries associations and other stakeholders in fisheries management and co-management. In addition, communities should take part in fisheries and stock assessments by providing data, local ecological knowledge, and status of the stocks.
In order to manage fisheries resources sustainably, the collection of appropriate fisheries information and data is needed to assess the status of fisheries resources and fishing performance, make rational decisions, and fulfill regional requirements. However, there is still a limitation and lack of the information and data to manage the fisheries and fisheries resources. Many countries in Southeast Asia are still facing the difficulties in both financial and human capabilities to gather the necessary fisheries information and data. SEAFDEC has implemented the project on “Enhancing the Compilation and Utilization of Fishery Statistics and Information for Sustainable Development and Management of Fisheries in Southeast Asian Region: Facilitating fisheries activities information gathering through introduction of Community-based Resources Management/Co-management” to support SEAFDEC Member Countries since 2013 through on-site trainings introducing the concept of CBRM/Co-management to Provincial Officers in the countries. In addition, the Project has conducted activities at the pilot sites in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Thailand to assist fisheries officers in promoting CBRM/Co-management which includes information gathering activities as well as designing coastal and inland fisheries management plans.
Since the project will be completed in December 2019, the “Regional Workshop on Facilitating Fisheries Activities Information Gathering through Introduction of Community-based Resources Management/Co-management in Southeast Asian Region” will be organized to review the project activities including the lessons learned in the promotion of CRBM/Co-management for improving the collections of fisheries information and data. Further, the Member Countries would have opportunities to share and provide their approaches or methods in order to enhance the fisheries information and data collections in coastal and inland small-scale fisheries in their own countries.
- To review the implementation of CBRM/Co-management in coastal and inland small-scale fisheries in the Member Countries;
- To compile the lessons learned including problems and challenges in the implementation of CBRM/Co-management in coastal and inland small-scale fisheries at national level for improving the fisheries information and data collection; and
- To discuss the key factors for successful fisheries information and data collection through the implementation of CBRM/Co-management.
III. Expected Outputs
- Identification of problems/challenges and recommendation on key factors toward development/improvement of fisheries information gathering through CBRM/Co-management approach
- Proceedings of the Regional Workshop, comprising lessons learned from the project and relevant initiatives
IV. Proposed Participants
- Fisheries officers from SEAFDEC Member Countries, one each from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia (project staff), Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam, who are senior officers responsible for small-scale fisheries development and/or coastal and inland fisheries management or having experiences in CBRM/Co-management
- Staff from pilot sites in Lao PDR (Khammouane and Nam Xouang) and Thailand
- Representatives from the SEAFDEC Secretariat and Training Department
- Resource persons who are experts in CBRM/Co-management in coastal and/or inland fisheries (Japan and SEAFDEC/IFRDMD)
Note: In preparation for the participation, each participant from SEAFDEC Member Countries is requested to submit a country report (1-2 pages) and his/her PPT presentation (15 minutes for each country presentation) well in advance. The report outline is shown below:
“Case study/relevant initiative: Implementation of Activities using CBRM/Co-management Approach in the Development/Improvement of Fisheries Information Gathering for Coastal and/or Inland Small-scale Fisheries”
- Issues, concerns, and problems related to developing/improving fisheries information gathering
- Lessons learned from the case study/initiative
- Key factors contributing to successful fisheries information gathering using CBRM/Co-management approach or other approaches
- Participation of women and men in the implementation
V. Date and Venue
The Three-day Workshop will be held on 22-24 October 2019 at the Majestic Hotel, Sakon Nakhon Province, Thailand. Two days will be for meeting discussions and one day for a field trip to Nam Oon Dam.