Aquatic Resources and Rural Livelihoods in Cambodia: An Economic Valuation Public Deposited

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  • The direct economic values of aquatic resources used in various livelihood activities by households in selected rural villages of Cambodia were estimated using the net economic value approach. Data utilized were from 540 aquatic resources dependent households from 3 provinces gathered using household survey, longitudinal monitoring and participatory rural appraisal methods in 2003 and 2004. Among the major findings were: a) fishing was an important livelihood activity among households; b) households were not only dependent on fishing but on numerous other aquatic resources based livelihood activities; c) the most significant cost item for aquatic resources based livelihood activities was labor; d) while among the extractive activities fishing contributed relatively more to total economic value, other activities such as fish culture, fish processing and the gathering of aquatic plants, animals, and wood also contributed significantly to economic value; and e) other activities which specifically depended on water and not necessarily on resource extraction, such as irrigated rice farming, duck raising, and water transportation, also added significantly to total economic value. Some policy implications were put forward including broadly based management of aquatic resources, active cooperation and participation of other water-based government agencies in aquatic resources management, and promotion of investment and credit for households in selected aquatic resources based livelihood activities.
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  • Israel, Danilo, Mahfuzuddin Ahmed, Elizabeth Petersen, Bee Hong Yeo and Meen Chee Hong. 2006. Aquatic Resources and Rural Livelihoods in Cambodia: An Economic Valuation. In: Proceedings of the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, July 11-14, 2006, Portsmouth, UK: Rebuilding Fisheries in an Uncertain Environment. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2006. CD ROM. ISBN 0-9763432-3-1
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