This project is the second phase of the “Siphandone” project, which started in 2012 in Khong and Mounlapamok districts of Champasak province under the name “Management and sustainable use of fisheries and aquatic natural resources in Siphandone”, funded by BMZ, HSBC and WWF, ended in June 2016. The first phase of the project was an overall success.
All stakeholders have hence agreed to continue activities for a phase II. This second phase also focuses on the Siphandone region along the middle Mekong main stem, in Champasak province. The main objective of the project is to increase and improve the stock of aquatic resources through the establishment of fisheries co-management structures and support the improvement of local livelihoods.
The overall objective is to contribute to the overall socio-economic development of the Lao PDR, and in particular that of Agriculture and Forestry, through the management and sustainable use of fisheries and aquatic natural resources in the Mekong River.
The project will be implemented in 20 new villages in Kong and Mounlapamoke districts, Champasak province. The exact location (villages) will be determined during the inception phase of the project. Following the inception workshop, joint WWF/DLF teams will undertake field consultations and habitat inspections to determine target villages. Criteria for village selection will include:
- Continue monitoring of fish catch and occurrence
- Strengthen law enforcement technical capacity through trainings on patrolling and purchasing patrolling equipment
- Support the deployment of rigorous patrol teams
- Select and officially set up 20 FCZs and FMC
- Build capacity for FMC through training and exchange visit within the country
- Develop and implement a monitoring system on FMC effectiveness
- Design and implement environmentally-friendly alternative income models
- Set up small scale aquaculture in 4 villages, provide material and equipment