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Managing & conserving natural resources & biodiversity in Cambodia's Tonle Sap
Thursday, May 15, 2003

Manila, Philippines -

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$900,000 technical assistance (TA) grant to manage and conserve natural resources and biodiversity in Cambodia's Tonle Sap basin.

It will help the Department of Fisheries' (DOF) Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institute (IFREDI) become more efficient, effective and relevant.

"Research can make fish more affordable, add to the diversity of fisheries, generate employment and income, create alternative livelihoods, conserve and rebuild fish stocks, provide policy advice on management of aquatic resources, and support community efforts to manage aquatic resources and protect biodiversity", says Olivier Serrat, an ADB Project Economist.

"It can reduce poverty and is supported by ADB's policy on fisheries."

Basic data on fish populations, environment and exploitation is often patchy, old and cannot support decision making.

This calls for a substantial increase in the body of biological and socioeconomic knowledge.

The TA will carry out activities in institute management, research and development, technology transfer, and policy development.

The TA will be implemented from May 2003 to May 2004 with the DOF as executing agency.


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