Learning in Action: A Case from
Small Waterbody Fisheries in Lao PDR
In southern Lao PDR, stocking of small waterbodies (typically 1–20 ha) by releasing small, hatchery-produced fish, has been actively promoted by the government to increase benefits from the local fishery. Many of these waterbodies are collectively managed by local communities to obtain benefits for the whole village. These so-called “community fisheries” are often seen as one of the principal, if not only, ways that villages can generate communal income to improve livelihoods and pursue village development priorities. It is for this reason that an effort has been undertaken to learn about community management systems and how they can be further developed.