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LESSONS:

Fisheries Infrastructure Improvement Project

sector: Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development | country: Viet Nam, Socialist Republic of | region: Greater Mekong Subregion

Covenants should be relevant and easy to implement in a localcontext. The Loan Agreement contained some ambitious covenants that couldnot be implemented.

Design should cater to future growth in demand, including phaseddevelopment, if necessary. Port design should be undertaken in discussion withintended users. Provisions should be made for small fishers, to the extentpermitted by efficient port operation. Equipment requirements should be moreclosely analyzed and related to specific needs.

Fisheries infrastructure projects need to ensure thatadequate processes are in place or established to monitor fisheries resourcestatus and exploitation. The project did endeavor to do this through establishingenvironment and resource management units (ERMUs), but this aspect of the project was modified due to the existence of aparallel project that, however, has not yet provided adequate data.

Fully effective waste management systems should beintegral to modern fishing port design.

Port selection should be based on detailed analysis of demand. Anadequate feasibility study on an individual port would, at the least, examine portrequirements over time, consider options, and assess economic and financialperformance.

The difficulty of effecting change needs to be accountedfor in project design. At present, the provincial authorities do not appear to havemuch interest in introducing modern port management systems.

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