This project aimed to further evaluate the utility of the guidelines developed by previous FMSP project 'Fisheries Data Collection & Sharing Mechanisms for Co-management', improve them accordingly and promote them widely to target stakeholders.
Project activities included:
Promotion of the project outputs was carried out via a number of materials and channels, including project flyers and leaflets, a poster, website links, newsletter articles, promotion meetings and events, distribution of draft guidelines and a policy brief. Uptake monitoring was achieved through questionnaires and communications monitoring forms. The feedback received from field applications was used to improve and refine the Guidelines developed under the previous project. These Technical Guidelines now forms Part II of a FAO Fisheries Technical Paper (Serial No. 494/2). The draft Field Guide, substantially revised and re-named A Practical Guide, now forms Part I of this Paper (Serial No. 494/1) aiming to provide non-technical advice to field practitioners working alongside resource users.
A policy document was produced which aims to raise awareness among policy makers of the importance of data collection systems in the context of the management process; highlight the challenges faced by those involved in designing and implementing data collection systems or programmes; and demonstrate solutions through application of the Guidelines, using experiences and lessons learnt by project partners in Thailand and Bangladesh.
The project has raised awareness among project partners and other target communication stakeholders of the importance of effective and sustainable data collection systems to support the co-management process. Data collection and sharing systems have begun to be developed and implemented by co-management stakeholders in eight locations in seven Districts of Bangladesh and at the Huay Luang Reservoir in Udon Thani, NE Thailand. The project activities have helped to improve stakeholder knowledge and capacity to both manage fisheries and to design effective and sustainable data collection and sharing systems arising from their participation in the project.