Freshwater capture fisheries in the Lower Mekong Basin provide a majority of the animal-source protein in local diets, and support a large proportion of community livelihoods in the region. However, the contribution of fish to supporting community welfare and livelihoods has never been fully quantified. In the absence of a solid estimate of the total economic, nutritional and livelihood value of these fisheries, their importance has often been overlooked in development planning. This project aims to quantify the multiple values of fish resources, analyze findings, and convey results to national decision-makers, development agencies and local actors for sustainable and improved rural livelihoods. The four main components of the project are: an assessment of the productivity of Cambodia’s fisheries; an economic assessment of market prices throughout the country; an assessment of the contribution fisheries make to the welfare of rural people; and the development of a collaborative network for coordinated fish basin-wide monitoring.

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