Fisher Folks Making Circular Economy Work For The Western Tonle Sap Lake (FOSTER)
While the Tonle Sap (TS) Lake is one of the top four fishery production areas in the world and contributes to the majority of Cambodia’s freshwater fish production, the lake and its basin are under increasing pressure from climate change (CC), illegal over-exploitation of fisheries, deforestation, upstream dam-building etc, leading to high levels of poverty, food insecurity and environmental degradation, catastrophic health and education outcomes for women and children around the Tonle Sap Region.
The CAPFISH/ Foster Project (Lot 1) supports the economic empowerment of members of community fisheries (CFis) in floating villages in the Tonle Sap through interventions to diversify their livelihood by creating income generation opportunities through community-led entrepreneurship and employment in ecotourism, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy while also improving WASH, health and education outcomes.
GREEN ECONOMYGreen Business Hubs established to oversee community businesses. The Hubs will us a sustainable and inclusive business model Known as P4 (Producer, Public, Private Partnerships) in Eco-Tourism, sustainable rice farming in compliance with the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP); fish processing compliant with market standards and horticulture handling, processing, and storage. Connected Solar microgrids provide access to sustainable energy with the objective of reducing HH dependency on firewood and charcoal. In addition to the Tonle Sap Eco-Tourism Network (TEN) market access will also be supported by a green floating market, established in Prey Chas commune Battambang to enable local communities to sell their products (NTFPs: handbags crafted from water hyacinths, honey, sustainably farmed rice and crops and processed and fermented fish etc.) to diversify their income from fishing which continues to be under pressure.
- Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
- Ministry of Environment
- Swiss Contact
- Sustainable Rice Platform
- Amru Rice
- IBIS Rice
- Women Organization for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN)
- Gender Transformative & Responsible Business Investment in South East Asia (GRAISEA) II
- Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
- Kampuchea Action to Promote Education (KAPE)
- Sansom Mlup Prey (SMP)
- Operation Enfants Du Cambodge (OEC)
- Teuk Saat 1001
- Okra Solar
- Culture and Environment Preservation Association (CEPA)
- Buddhism for Social Development Action (BSDA)
- Wetland Works
- Cambodian Disabled People's Organisation (CDPO)
- Fisheries Action Coalition Team (FACT)
- Aide et Action