A s a follow-up activity for the Aquaculture CRSP study "Assessing Watershed Ponds for Aquaculture Development in Thai Nguyen, Vietnam" conducted during November 2001 to April 2003, a one-day workshop on "Application of GIS and Remote Sensing for Assessing Watershed Ponds for Aquaculture Development" was held at Thai Nguyen, Vietnam on 4 September 2003. Thirty participants from the Thai Nguyen Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Research Institute for Aquaculture No. 1 (RIA-1) of Vietnam attended the workshop. The main purposes of this
workshop were to present the findings of the study and introduce the application of GIS and Remote Sensing for aquaculture to the local researchers and government officers.
Nguyen Xuan Cuong of RIA-1 presented the current status of the livelihood and socio-economic conditions of
Aquaculture CRSP holds Workshop on Application of GIS and Remote Sensing for Assessing Watershed Ponds for Aquaculture Development in Vietnam
A primary goal of the CRSP Honduras project is to train small- and medium-scale tilapia farmers, nongovernmental organization workers, extension agents, and service providers on several aspects of tilapia culture and decision-making methodology to institutionalize tilapia culture in Honduras and Central America. Two major activities in the project have been 1) training workshops and on-site visits with tilapia farmers to advise on all aspects of tilapia culture, through which over one thousand people have been reached and 2) development of a web-based information delivery and communication system, which is beginning to find much use in the region. These contacts with participants began to identify the need for an organization that could
become "the voice" for tilapia in the Central America region. It was during training sessions in Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador in OctoberNovember 2002 and June 2003 when several participants engaged in impromptu discussions and encouraged us to help form a consortium.
On 18 February 2004 I facilitated a day-long meeting in Zamorano, Honduras where 19 invited volunteers (2 from Nicaragua, 3 from El Salvador, 3 from Guatemala, 10 from Honduras, and 1 from the US) addressed the question: "How can we be build and maintain an organization and effectively use the web-based systems for enabling success of small- and medium-scale Tilapia farms in Honduras and Central America?"
The group included 4 producers, 3 government representatives, 4 NGO representatives, and 5 educators. The meeting concluded with the creation of the Tilapia Connection, a group for promoting tilapia in Central America, and the 19 attendees agreed to become charter members of the organization. The overall objective of the Tilapia Connection is to coordinate the efforts of various tilapia constituencies and increase communication and access to knowledge for institutionalizing tilapia. Specifically, Tilapia Connection is meant to improve:
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Workshop participants gather for a photograph.
the farmers in the study area, while Dao Huy Giap of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) presented the application of GIS and remote sensing in assessing watershed ponds for aquaculture development: a case study in Thai Nguyen province. Then,
Yang Yi of AIT shared Chinese experiences in enhancing fish production in watershed ponds through using appropriate fertilization and stocking strategies.
Pham Anh Tuan, deputy director of RIA-1, indicated that he thought this workshop was very useful for Vietnamese researchers as it brought out the linkage between "high-tech" tools and aquaculture development. It has also provided local people and Aquaculture CRSP researchers at AIT an opportunity to exchange information and discuss the potential ways to improve aquaculture production in watershed ponds.
Tran Mai Thien, coordinator of NORAD project and former director of RIA-1, proposed the further collaboration between Aquaculture CRSP and RIA-1 in applying GIS and remote sensing for identifying potential areas and managing the development of coastal and marine aquaculture, which has been growing rapidly in Vietnam.