Floodplain Fisheries and Aquaculture in Bangladesh and India
Lead Organization: WorldFish Center (WFC)
Project Leader: Dr. Benoy Kumar Barman
Partners: Flood Hazard Research Centre Bangladesh (FHRCB), Bangladesh Fisheries Research Forum (BFRF) and Centre for Environmental Management and Participatory Development (CEMPD), India
Duration: 1.Jan.2012 – 30.Apr.2014 (28 months)
Geographic area: Ganges, Bangladesh and India, six regions in Bangladesh, West Bengal in India
The CPWF Research Into Use project “Floodplain Fisheries and Aquaculture in Bangladesh and India” builds on lessons learned from the activities implemented in Bangladesh of the phase 1 project PN35: Community Based Fish Culture in Irrigation Systems and Seasonal Floodplains. It will also incorporate lessons from Bangladesh on community initiatives to enhance productivity of water, land and fish in floodplains based on “Integrated Floodplain Management” incorporating natural fisheries. The objective of the project is “To develop and disseminate evidence based policy recommendations on how best we can use and manage floodplain natural resources, particularly aquatic resources for fisheries and aquaculture production, to maximize reductions in poverty and hunger, to sustain environment and biodiversity, and to build more resilient livelihoods of the people of Bangladesh and West Bengal, India”. The major activities of the project include:
- Demonstrating good floodplain governance and management practices incorporating Community Based Fish Culture and Integrated Floodplain Management practices in ten focal sites representing different agro-ecological and management contexts, following approaches that are pro-poor, and foster aquatic resource biodiversity.
- Document and spread the impacts of both floodplain management approaches, based on uptake among neighbouring CBFC and IFM oriented enterprises and communities and quantification of the impacts of these floodplain management options in the demonstration sites on poverty and biodiversity.
- Developing categories of floodplain aquaculture and identification of the geographical coverage and trend of different categories.
- Developing an extrapolation of the potential for and implications of expansion of pro-poor floodplain aquaculture enclosures and integrated fisheries-agriculture management to floodplains in West Bengal as well as in Bangladesh.
- Further promoting good practices adapted by participating communities supported by policy recommendations that can encourage and regulate investments in improved floodplain management including enclosure aquaculture and fishery-water-land management to ensure that they are pro-poor and maintain and restore aquatic biodiversity.