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Cooperation in Mekong River Basin Sub-region and Comparative Study of Laws and Legislations of Cambodia and Lao PDR

Through the effort of the SEAFDEC-Sweden Project on strengthening the cooperation between Cambodia and Lao PDR through a series of dialogues, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for continued collaboration was developed and signed by the concerned agencies of these two countries in 2014. As an upshot, the SEAFDEC-Sweden Project facilitated the initial comparative study carried out by national consultants and officers, on the legal and institutional arrangements relevant to fisheries in areas bordering the two countries. The final output is a Comparative Study of Laws and Legislations of Cambodia and Lao PDR: Trans-boundary areas between Champasak in Lao PDR and Stung Treng in Cambodia. Results of the study could be used as tool for raising the awareness of concerned stakeholders on the rules and regulations relevant to fisheries and habitat management in each country.

In this connection, the SEAFDEC-Sweden Project Team participated in the Joint Workshop on Transboundary Fisheries Management on the Mekong and Sekong Rivers in Cambodia and Lao PDR, hosted by Mekong River Commission (MRC) under the Mekong Integrated Water Resources Management Project (M-IWRMP) on 24 August 2017 in Pakse, Champasak, Lao PDR. The Project Team shared the experiences to serve as basis for working towards common targets to improve fisheries management in the area and in support of the effort to strengthen the capacity of relevant line agencies. Report of the study would be made available sooner and could serve as useful tool and source of reference for other projects and initiatives promoting transboundary cooperation in the border areas between Cambodia and Lao PDR, such as the Mekong Integrated Water Resources Management Project (M-IWRMP) implemented by the MRC supported by the World Bank.