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Learning from Success Stories

ASIA - The Network for Aquaculture Centres in Asia Pacific (NACA) is to document aquaculture success stories in a bid to help others see how aquaculture can mover to a more sustainable future.

The move follows the recommendations of the Workshop on Research Needs to Sustaining Aquaculture to 2025 and Beyond that was held in Rayong, Thailand in June last year.

Now NACA, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the World Fisheries Trust (WFT) will document “Aquaculture Success Stories” covering a wide range of topics that were established through consensus at the Rayong Workshop.

NACA said that as aquaculture seeks to move to a more sustainable future and meet the challenges of globalization, it is important to consider how the lessons of the past may guide future development.

"The documentation and comparative analysis of success stories is the first step in this process," says NACA.

"This activity is intended to capture the trends and lessons learned that have driven the rapid evolution of aquaculture (augmented with comparable cases on small scale fisheries).

"The success stories will form part of the strategy for guiding further actions intended to influence policy development and set a new course for the sustainable development of aquaculture.

"Our plans include the development of a series of 'influencing strategies' to share the lessons learned from the documentation and analysis of the success stories. This will include the production of a variety of materials tailored to reach out to the identified target audiences and decision makers and active, targeted dissemination.

The success stories will be prepared at a "write shop" to be conducted over a five to seven day period in Thailand.

Arrangements are being made to liaise with selected experts in the region to cooperate in this activity, and it is expected the initial phase of the activity to be completed in the course of 2008.