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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Geography

Title

Impediments to community fisheries management: Some findings in Kompong Pou commune, Krakor District in Cambodia's Tonle Sap

Language

English

Abstract

This paper broadly assesses some reasons why co-management of inland fisheries by resource users and state agencies in Cambodia remains difficult to realize. Our survey of the resources, human capacity and associated de facto mechanisms for achieving community fisheries (CFi) objectives among fishing communities of Krakor District, located along Tonle Sap Lake, found these mobilizations at a crossroads in terms of empowered institutional and legal frameworks. Although the commune is a local administrative authority in the context of Cambodia's evolving decentralization and deconcentration (D&D) reform process, decision making and accountability in natural resource management have yet to be transferred to, or opened to participation from, local and subcommune level stakeholders and agencies. Furthermore, the institutional links between the commune council and CFi are ambiguous. This lack of linkages between central government, state agencies and CFi has left fisherfolk struggling to survive against more powerful competing interests. The preliminary findings presented here suggest that the achievement of sustainable CFi management in the Tonle Sap Lake remains problematic without local level decision making powers, sustained funding of CFi and related local government, and partnership between key shareholders in rural development programmes that recognize and encompass women's roles in natural resource management. © 2012 Department of Geography, National University of Singapore and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

Keywords

Cambodia, Capacity building, Co-management, Community fisheries, Participation, Tonle Sap

Publication Date

2012

Source Publication Title

Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography

Volume

33

Issue

3

Start Page

398

End Page

413

Publisher

Wiley

ISSN (print)

01297619

ISSN (electronic)

14679493

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