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Cambodia, Vietnam agree on crossborder fisheries project

Publication Date : 12-10-2012


Cambodian and Vietnamese officials agreed yesterday on details of a proposed crossborder project to improve fisheries management between Prey Veng province and Dong Thap province in Vietnam.

The agreement came during a two-day meeting chaired by So Sophort, deputy secretary general of the Cambodian National Mekong Committee, and follows a recently completed pilot project between the two provinces.

During the meeting, co-chaired by Vietnam National Mekong Committee senior official Ly Van Diem, the two sides agreed that the project would aim to contribute to better management and sustainable use of the shared fisheries resources.

The project, expected to start in early 2013 and last for two years, involves activities to harmonise fisheries rules and regulations and better protect resources from illegal fishing. Other activities aim to strengthen fisheries co-management institutions and promote complementary livelihoods.

Cambodian and Vietnamese officials also agreed that the project would be overseen by a joint working group comprising seven members from each country including provincial, district and commune representatives.

The draft project proposal adopted at the meeting will be sent to Cambodian and Vietnamese participants ahead of further consultations in December with the project being finalised by the end of the year.

Cambodia's delegation to the meeting in Siem Reap was led by Kaing Khim, deputy director general of the Fisheries Administration. The Vietnamese delegation was led by Nguyen Van Dung, chairman of the People's Committee in Hong Ngu district in Dong Thap province.

The project proposal follows a pilot project involving two border communes in Hong Ngu district and Koh Sampouv commune in Peam Chor district in Prey Veng province.

Launched in 2011, the pilot project was overseen by the Fisheries Programme of the Mekong River Commission which organised the two-day meeting in Siem Reap. The Fisheries Programme is headed by Cambodian fisheries scientist Dr So Nam, the former director of the government's Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institute in Phnom Penh.

The Cambodian-Vietnamese project to improve crossborder fisheries management is being formulated at the same time as a separate project between the northern Lao province of Bokeo and Chiang Rai province in Thailand. Both projects are being coordinated by the MRC Fisheries Programme's Management and Governance Specialist Dr Malasri Khumsri.


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