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Training on Socioeconomic Monitoring for Coastal and Small-scale Fisheries Management in Southeast Asia

SEAFDEC Training Department (SEAFDEC/TD) conducted the “Training and Field Practice on Socioeconomic Monitoring (SocMon) for Coastal and Small-scale Fisheries Management in Southeast Asia” from 18 to 28 March 2024 which is the Human Resource Development Program supported by the USAID-DOI International Technical Assistance Program (ITAP). The Training aims to strengthen the capacity of SEAFDEC/TD researchers on monitoring and assessment focusing on the socioeconomic context by using the Socioeconomic Monitoring methodology to support small-scale fisheries management. Twelve (12) SEAFDEC/TD researchers concerned with socioeconomic and related fields attended this Training. Two (2) resource persons from SocMon Network namely: Dr. Vineeta Hoon and Mr. Philip Townsley were invited. In the end, SEAFDEC/TD researchers gained knowledge of the methodology of Socioeconomic Monitoring (SocMon) and a better understanding of the socioeconomic context of fisheries and coastal resource management. Moreover, a field exercise was conducted in Chumphon Province to collect data through community engagement by using SocMon methodology at three (3) villages of Lang Suan District namely: Ban Ratbumrung, Ban Thong Krong, and Ban Ko Pitak. In addition, the data validation with the community was organized to report back the results and get feedback from local stakeholders in the community.

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