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PN35 Final Report. Community-based Fish Culture in Seasonal Floodplains and Irrigation Systems.

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Asia and the Pacific
Sub-Saharan Africa
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Land / Water / Resource Management
Barman, B.; Brakel, M.van; Haque, A.B.M.; Hong, M.C.; Joffre, O.; Kodio, A.; Nguyen, H.van; Rahman, F.; Russell, A.; Sheriff, N.; Valmonte-Santos, R.; Werthmann, C.; Zhu, J.

The main objective of this five year action research project was to test technical and institutional options for floodplain aquaculture, implemented on a collective basis at selected locations in five countries, namely Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Mali and Vietnam. The community-based fish culture model was originally developed in Bangladesh, building on three decades of research in community-based fisheries management and floodplain aquaculture. The project aimed to disseminate the model to other countries with extensive floodplain resources that could potentially generate important benefits for floodplain communities, addressing the following objectives:

  1. To develop appropriate technical and institutional options for increasing water productivity at basin level through the integration of community-based fish production into existing floodplain and irrigation systems.
  2. To identify the most appropriate models of collective action for aquaculture under different socio-ecological contexts.
  3. To assess the contribution of collective approaches to aquaculture for sustainable development of floodplain resources and irrigation systems.

In addition to these objectives, the project sought to apply a range of alternative approaches to monitoring and evaluation, including participatory video techniques.