Kick-Off Workshop for The Project On Supporting Vietnam's Implementation of the Fisheries Law 2017 With Initiatives from Central to Local Levels (19-04-2021)
In Quy Nhon city, Binh Dinh province, on March 18, 2021, the Center for Marine Life Conservation and Community Development (MCD), in cooperation with the Directorate of Fisheries and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Binh Dinh province, held a kick-off workshop for the project on supporting Vietnam's implementation of Fisheries Law 2017 with initiatives from central to local.
The project is chaired by MCD from January 2021 to August 31, 2023 in Binh Dinh province and extended the practice of sharing lessons in Quang Nam and Khanh Hoa provinces with the sponsorship of Charity Rockefeller (RPA) USA adopts Ocean 5 program. The project's goal is to appreciate and scale up co-management procedures in the protection of fishing resources in the Central Coast region; provide capacity support for partners at the national and local levels to establish the National Fisheries Resource Protection and Development Program; and provide technical assistance and co-management implementation strategy to contribute to the strengthening and development of of sustainable fisheries.
The workshop provided information about the project with initiatives from central to local levels, clarifying the role of stakeholders and the coordination mechanism for co-management in fisheries resources protection. Participants in the workshop discussed and agreed on an action plan, as well as increased collaboration among stakeholders in the Central Coast region's aquatic resource protection and development.
Attending the seminar were 40 delegates from central units: General Department of Fisheries, Vietnam Institute of Fisheries Economy and Planning; Binh Dinh province: Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Department of Tourism, Sub-Department of Fisheries, Quy Nhon City People's Committee, People's Committees of Nhon Ly, Nhon Hai, Nhon Chau, Ghenh Rang communes, Quy Nhon City Economic Zone Management Board, Hiep Fisheries Association of Binh Dinh Province; Khanh Hoa province: Fisheries Sub-Department, People's Committee of Van Ninh district, Team of Ran Trao; Quang Nam province: Fisheries Department, Tam Tien Commune People's Committee, Nui Thanh District, Cu Lao Cham MPA Management Board, Bai Huong Management Team; Representatives of MCD Center, consultants and other related units.
Representatives from state management agencies and local stakeholders shared conservation and development practices for fishing resources that were appropriate for their local natural and social circumstances at the workshop. Results and lessons learned from co-management; reviewing and agreeing on a project implementation plan; and being prepared to organise, share, and exchange experiences.
Co-management in the protection of fishing resources, according to a representative from the Directorate of Fisheries, is a method of fisheries management that is required in Article 10 of the Fisheries Law 2017 and the Government's Decree No. 26/2019 / ND-CP dated 08 / 3/2019. The National Program on Aquatic Resource Protection and Development (2021-2030) and the Project of Implementing Co-management in the Protection of Aquatic Resources are currently being developed and organized by the Fisheries Sector. Initiatives from the Project can contribute lessons and practical experiences in a timely manner to the process of advising, promulgating and organizing the implementation of sustainable development policies for the fishing industry in the future.
MCD's Director, Ms. Nguyen Thu Hue, said the project is very important to MCD's mission of linking stakeholders to support local communities and coastal communities in improving their quality of life and protecting the marine ecosystem. MCD believes that the project will be successful with the proactive and committed partners of fisheries resource management and protection at central and local levels.
Le Mai (theo tongcucthuysan.gov.vn)