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Cambodia’s Aquarian Reforms: The Emerging challenges for policy and research


The main objective of the document is to make a modest attempt to highlight the challenges which are emerging with the current phase of Cambodia's Aquarian reforms - the most important component of which is the current transition from fishing lots to community fisheries. The challenges include the realms of institutional and policy reform, local action, innovation and research. We contextualize our effort by commencing with an assessment of the importance of the aquatic resources and by providing a brief historical background to the reforms. This is followed by an examination of the changes in the access and property rights and the system changes which have been brought about as a result of the reform. How some of the transitional changes can be assessed and the manner in which the efforts at community fisheries can be made more economically and socially viable are also addressed. We deal with the complex issue of social identity and the aspirations for creating a new sense of community.


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Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institu

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