Full Title: Floodplain Fisheries and Aquaculture in Bangladesh and India
The CPWF Research Into Use project “Floodplain Fisheries and Aquaculture in Bangladesh and India” built on lessons learned from the activities implemented in Bangladesh by the CPWF Phase 1 project entitled ‘Community Based Fish Culture in Irrigation Systems and Seasonal Floodplains’ (PN35). It incorporated lessons on community initiatives to enhance productivity of water, land and fish in floodplains based on “Integrated Floodplain Management” practices. The objective of the project was “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”.
This was undertaken in five major activity blocks:
- Demonstration of good floodplain governance and management practices incorporating Community Based Fish Culture (CBFC) and Integrated Floodplain Management (IFM) practices in ten focal sites representing different agro-ecological and management contexts, following approaches that are pro-poor, and foster aquatic resource biodiversity.
- Documentation and spread of impacts of both floodplain management approaches, based on uptake among neighboring 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.
- Development of categories of floodplain aquaculture and identification of the geographical coverage and trend of different categories.
- Development of 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 promotion of 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.
WorldFish Center (lead), Flood Hazard Research Centre Bangladesh (FHRCB), Bangladesh Fisheries Research Forum (BFRF) and Centre for Environmental Management and Participatory Development (CEMPD), India
1.Jan.2012 – 30.Apr.2014 (28 months)
Ganges, Bangladesh and India, six regions in Bangladesh, West Bengal in India