The CESD, in collaboration with the Myanmar Sustainable Aquaculture Programme (MYSAP) and the Department of Fisheries (DoF) under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI), successfully organised the 1st State and Regional-Level Consultation for the National Aquaculture Development Plan (NADP) in Mandalay yesterday. The consultations are a part of CESD’s engagement with the MYSAP programme, which is implemented by GIZ Myanmar with funding from the European Union in Myanmar and the German Government. The workshop witnessed the participation of several key stakeholders from Mandalay, Sagaing and Magwe regions who actively discussed about regional level issues and obstacles that needs to be addressed, ideally through the NADP besides proposing strategic solutions for its implementation at the state and regional level
U Tun Tun Win, the Regional Director at the Department of Fisheries (Sagaing Division) spoke of the importance of the development of Mandalay and Magway Divisions aquaculture sector. Although the dry zone areas have not traditionally had strong fisheries, U Tun Tun Win noted that this placed heightened importance on the growth of the aquaculture in the region. This was further echoed by Mr. Peter Buri, the Head of Programs at MYSAP, who placed an emphasis on the need for a consultative process that integrates various stakeholder perspectives to support the overall socio-economic development in Myanmar. He stated that “For the first time, the voices of those at the grassroots level and the voices of farmers and other stakeholders will be included in the planning process. It is engagement like this that will assist in overcoming some of the challenges that currently exist at both regional and state level.
Dr. Zaw Oo, Executive Director of the CESD, presented details on the processes surrounding the drafting of the NADP, paying close attention to the implementation and integration of feedback from participants into the final document which will then be submitted to the DoF for further action. The series of consultations aims to gather inputs across key areas which includes policy, legislation, value chains, gender, inclusion, nutrition, education and research with the intention to ensure that the NADP addresses all these areas in a wholesome manner. The CESD is currently drafting the NADP; a strategic, action-oriented and forward-looking document that aims to foster sustainable development of the aquaculture sector in Myanmar. This consultation marks the first of several, which will gather crucial input from ground-level stakeholders in order to develop NADP, and subsequently, Myanmar’s aquaculture sector.
The State and Regional-Level Consultation process includes workshop discussions with the goal of providing attendees with the opportunity to voice their opinion on the NADP’s development and feature an inclusive approach to the socio-economic development of the aquaculture sector in Myanmar. During the Mandalay discussions, developing Myanmar’s aquaculture sector to match its neighbours was raised an important goal by a member of the private sector while a Deputy Director from the Mandalay/Magway Division emphasised the importance of strong coordination and synergies between departments that handle different portfolios, such as land and water issues. Synchronising these efforts will provide the best chance at promoting sustainable aquaculture in Myanmar was the main takeaway from the 1st Consultation in Mandalay as agreed by all participants.
The CESD will carry out further consultations over the coming months