This project promoted FMSP-developed materials guiding the integrated management of floodplain fisheries resources, taking into account key factors such as establishment of sanctuaries, management of sluice gates to benefit both rice and fish, and climate change impacts. The project targeted both local managers in Bangladesh, e.g. sluice gate managers and fisheries officers, and national, regional and international policy makers in the South and South east Asian region (especially West Bengal, India). Many of these stakeholders still see floodplain management in purely sectoral terms although the new Bangladesh fisheries strategy now includes many of the FMSP floodplain fishery management recommendations. New materials produced by the project include leaflets, PowerPoint presentations, posters, bill boards, articles in newspapers and newsletters, a field manager's guide, a DFID policy brief and web pages with key messages and download facilities (especially the project page on the FMSP site). Existing knowledge and these new materials were promoted using a range of different communication channels, as appropriate to different stakeholder groups, including workshops, seminars, presentations at informal meetings, a stall at the Bangladesh Fish Fair, pot songs and street theatre. These materials and activities were developed with the Bangladesh partners, BCAS and CNRS, developing them as regional centers of excellence on FMSP and related DFID knowledge on floodplain fisheries. The project has contributed to the FMSP purpose by developing capacity for improved, integrated knowledge of floodplain river fisheries, enabling downstream benefits for poor people, especially in the target areas of Bangladesh and West Bengal, and the wider Asian region.
Hoggarth, D.D. & Reid, H. Promotion of FMSP guidelines for floodplain fisheries management and sluice gate control, Final Technical Report. Scales Inc, Barbados. 17 pp.