The Regional Workshop on Lessons Learned from Application of Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) in Different Learning Sites was convened from 7 to 8 October 2019 at Windsor Suites Hotel Bangkok, Thailand. There were 28 participants (13 women and 15 men). The workshop was attended by SEAFDEC Secretariat (SEAFDEC/SEC), SEAFDEC Training Department, (SEAFDEC/TD) and representatives from SEAFDEC Member Countries, namely; Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam, as well as SEAFDEC Partners, viz The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans), and MIE University of Japan.
The workshop presented the summary of progress in promoting and implementing the EAFM in the region through the conduct of 24 training courses which was attended by more than 500 fisheries officers and key stakeholders. They have five (5) EAFM learning sites, namely: 1) Thathing Township, Mon state in Myanmar, 2) Prek Thnot Commune, Teok Chhou District, Kampot Province in Cambodia, 3) Pak Kradang, Bolicumsei in Lao PDR, 4) Bunglaharn, Chaiyaphom Province in Thailand, and 5) Ban Nai Nang, Krabi Province in Thailand. The workshop also reiterated that SEAFDEC/TD, in collaboration with USAID/NOAA, has revised the E-EAFM module to compile the case studies and updated information, while acknowledging the efforts made by SEAFDEC/TD in improving the EAFM course.