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Cambodia, Vietnam agree on crossborder fisheries project
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.
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.
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.
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.
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