The fisherfolk of the Peam Bang commune face difficult challenges with regards to conserving their livelihoods and natural resources. However, through resiliency and collaboration, they are creating opportunities for successful fisheries management and sustainable livelihoods.
Published on World Water Day, The Learning Institute released this video, which shows the intimate relationship between fishing communities and the Tonle Sap lake in Cambodia. The Learning Institute works to support the sustainability of fisheries in this community through Community Fisheries groups.
"The Women of Bak Amrek" is a short film developed by The Learning Institute during a field visit in 2017. We followed the footsteps of the community members who took us to the fish conservation zone and plantation and farming sites. We had the opportunity to have several conversations with CFi committee members and others on the matter of women’s representation and gender awareness in the community.
Through the SEAFDEC-funded Strengthening Community Fisheries (CFi’s) Management and Livelihood Diversification in Cambodia project, The Learning Institute has helped community fisheries integrate a gender perspective and through the support provided, the Bak Amrek-Doun En CFi is now a great example of gender equality in action.
One day in the life of Srey Mom, portrays the struggles women in rural Cambodia and how hard women work for their livelihoods and how gender awareness and women’s empowerment campaigns are essential to help give them a voice and the opportunities they deserve.
In continuing with our series, the second part of Life On The Tonle Sap introduces you to people from the Peam Bang Commune who have chosen fishing (and other related activities) over customary livelihoods to sustain themselves.
Many of the communities around the Tonle Sap are reliant on fishing and determined that this will see them through while others have made the choice to migrate to land. Still, there are those who foresee the inevitable and have taken to changing their situation against all odds. These are their stories.
The importance of the role of women in fishing communities and fisheries management is a key factor that has not been documented enough. In both conservation efforts and in the negotiating and educating of illegal fishers, their efforts have been exceptional proving that for the success of Community Fisheries in Cambodia, the role of the women cannot be disregarded.