The National Forum on “Fisheries and Habitat Management, Climate Change and Social Well-being” was hosted by the Fisheries Administration of Cambodia and the SEAFDEC-Sweden Project, in partnership with the CORIN-Asia Cambodia and the Learning Institute in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 3-4 December 2018. The Forum was attended by 50 participants from various government offices (fisheries, environment, and tourism) from central and provincial levels, fishers and villagers from different provinces of Cambodia both in inland and coastal communities (Kep, Kampot, Preah Sihanouk, Battambong). The aims of the Forum were to 1) disseminate experiences and lessons learnt from local implementation to relevant stakeholders; 2) raise awareness on inland and coastal communities’ livelihood and fishery and aquatic ecosystem; and 3) enhance relationship among government, organizations, and fishing communities.
Various panel discussion topics were dealt with during the Forum to allow participants involved in the project activities to listen and share their experiences and practical knowledge from each area that can be applied in other areas. The highlights of the panel discussion were institutional capacity, sharing the knowledge on resource enhancement, alternative livelihood, collaboration between local authorities and communities, and gender and youth involvement. On the other hand, a half-day field visit at coastal villages in Kampot was conducted on 5 December 2018 to observe the ongoing crab bank activities and serve as an opportunity to share the experiences and technical knowledge from Thailand to local communities.