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Legal Policy Framework

Inventory of national policies, strategies and legal frameworks related to the development of fisheries and aquaculture has been collected and recorded to support the project’s endeavor to nurture the ecosystem and to promote adaptation in climate change in terms of policy and legal aspects.

The policies, strategies, and laws, which can directly and immediately impact fisheries and aquaculture sector were reviewed following international and regional legal standards and frameworks. Review on Marine Fisheries Law and other aquaculture related law has been initiated. The results of analysis and recommendations were presented to and validated by major stakeholders, in the workshop on understanding the legal needs and gaps of fisheries and aquaculture development in Myanmar. The report on analysis of the Fisheries Regulatory Framework (Marine, Inland, and Aquaculture) with preliminary recommendations has been drafted.

The analysis of the Freshwater Fisheries Laws ratified in three regions/states: Yangon Region, Ayeyarwaddy, and Rakhine is also completed, along with the environmental conservation law and the Myanmar Natural Disaster Risk Management Law.

Legal awareness of the participants on the importance of policy and legal frameworks in aquaculture, climate change and disaster management has been raised in EAAM and CBCCA/DRM trainings. As a result, the participants are able to facilitate community training by linking how legal framework is supportive to community participation, co-management, planning and decision making process in fisheries and aquaculture management.

Concept of capacity building on the legal and policy frameworks is currently under preparation in order to promote the adaptive capacities of the fisheries and aquaculture sector in 2020. The capacity building will be delivered at national, sub-national and community levels.