- Institute Management
- Bio-ecology and Modeling
- Technology Transfer
- Policy Development and Dialogue
Two back-to-back discussion-workshops were held on November 24 and 25, 2005 on “Socioeconomic and Livelihood Values of the Tonle Sap Fisheries” and on the Mid-term Accomplishments of the capacity-building of the Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institute (IFReDI) of the Department of Fisheries (DoF). The Keynote Speaker was His Excellency Nao Thuok, Director General of the DoF. Both activities are under the auspices of the Asian Development Bank Technical Assistance 4563-CAM.
Researchers of IFReDI and the DoF as well as provincial fisheries officers, and representatives of local and international NGOs actively participated in the workshop discussions. On the first-day workshop on socioeconomic values and livelihood values, feedbacks on the key issues concerning the problems and aspirations of the community fisheries with focus on the social science aspects were articulated by the various stakeholders of the fishery sector. The concerns and issues brought out in the workshop will provide inputs in preparing policy briefs to improve governance of the inland fisheries.
During the second-day, the accomplishments of the on-going technical assistance on the capacity-building of IFReDI research and management staff were presented with emphasis on the upholding of the research and development, accelerating the technology transfer, and galvanizing of the policy development of the Institute. Focus of the discussion was the importance and strategies of effectively communicating scientific information to the information users like policy makers, extensions workers, researchers, and the fishing communities. Various information materials in form of the posters, brochures and video clips are now being designed and produced for distribution to the different clientele starting January 2006. The book on “Cambodian Inland Fisheries: Facts, Figures and Context by Dr. Eric Baran was launched during the workshop.
The international resource specialists will prepare and implement training programs in coordination with the domestic resource specialists and local counterparts. Three accomplishments will achieve the TA’s purpose: research and development are upheld, technology will be accelerated, and policy development and dialogue will be galvanized.
The Inception Workshop held on September 9, 2005 and attended by researchers and key officers of IFReDI and the Department of Fisheries of Cambodia, served as forum for critically assessing the TA plans and discussion tom improve it and ensure successful implementation. In a message from the ADB Senior Project Economist, Dr. Olivier Serrat, he emphasized the need for IFReDI to have a dissemination policy, plan and strategy so that it can reach out to its various clientele and motivate them to use its research information. Some of the expected deliverables at the end of the project are policy briefs on valuation of fishery resources, posters and CDs on fish–flood relationship, and other information materials extracted from IFREDI and DoF research outputs. The participants generally approved the TA objectives, framework and work plan (ADB TA 4563-CAM Inception Report).
- Circumscribing value of aquatic resources to elucidate policy directions
- Investigation of marketing, distribution and utilization of key fish species, and
- Analysis of cost and benefits, markets, and livelihoods opportunities in fish processing.
- Development of framework for technology transfer and information dissemination;
Preparation of research proposals;
Training on library management and project proposal preparation;
- Training on web-page designing and desk top publication
- Procurement of equipment for the library and technology transfer including LCD, digital and video cameras, desk top publishing hardware and software, and scanner.