A July 9 conference was held in Hanoi to review the Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme in South and Southeast Asia (RFLP).
The programme was funded by the Spanish Government, coordinated by the Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and implemented in six regional nations.
Its Vietnamese iteration has been implemented in the provinces of Quang Tri, Quang Nam, and Thua Thien-Hue.
Deputy Directorate of Fisheries Head Nguyen Huy Dien emphasised that the valuable lessons learned from implementing the RFLP will be shared with the rest of the nation and region.
The programme’s results contribute to improving coastal fishing community, living conditions, and central Vietnam’s future sustainable development.
Javier de Isturiz, the Spanish Embassy in Vietnam’s Deputy Head of Mission, hopes the programme will encourage sustainable seafood resource management, reduce the risks facing fishing communities, improve aquatic product quality, and expand market chains. It also seeks to help fishing families increase their income and gain access to credit services.
After three years of implementation, RFLP Vietnam has established 14 fishing associations and trained 6,841 people on issues related to fishing management, maritime safety, disaster prevention and control, food processing and preservation, gender integration, and basic microfinance.