Developing local capacity to conserve riparian and forest vegetation
Flooded forests and fisheries are closely linked with fisheries productivity dependent on the level of flooded forest cover. These are important spawning and nursing habitats for many species of fish, some of which are considered endangered within the Mekong Basin because of the nutrients they input into the system and the refuges they provide.
Increased human pressure on the forest systems is leading to encroachment and degradation of riverine/channel/island vegetation. Deforestation around the wetland areas and flooded forest decrease as well as non-timber forest product (NTFP) collection are all affecting the vegetation. The WAP will work with the relevant local change agents to build local capacity to conserve riparian and forest vegetation which would have most impact to wetland and aquatic resources. Specifically WAP will build capacity of provincial departments of fisheries and environment to raise public awareness towards importance of such vegetation and to capacity to manage such vegetation, including within the protected area (Ramsar site).
Activities in Cambodia
- Coastal resources mapping
- Adopting existing or designing commune plans to improve livelihood
- Trainers’ training and capacity building for staff of the Provincial Training Center of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training
- Establish collaborative mechanisms between local governments of Kep/Kampot in Cambodia and Phu Quoc, Kien Giang Province in Vietnam in implementing habitat management for livelihood improvement involving trans-boundary issues
- Developing community common laws
- Strengthening the capacity of fishery sector agencies and local planning institutions on aquatic resource management
- Developing local capacity to conserve riparian and forest vegetation
- Developing capacity of local change agents to respond to changing environments
- Developing Provincial department of agriculture and rural development NGOs capacity for livelihood improvement
- Developing focal area communications