Fisheries and Aquaculture Platforms under construction


Fisheries and Aquaculture Platforms under construction

How do we interact with social actors? Why, and for what purpose? These are some of the questions which have emerged during the creation of Productive Platforms in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors of the Bolivian Amazon.

In order to create multi-stakeholder spaces for dialogue within the Productive Fisheries Complex, the Peces para la Vida II team initiated a series of activities in July 2015 to form a Multi-stakeholder Fisheries Platform. Meetings were held between representatives from Riberalta’s Fisher Organizations (ASOPESAR, FEUPECOPINAB y ASOPRYC), the Ministry of Rural Development and Land’s (MDRyT) IPD PACU, ADEMAF, local authorities such as the Municipal Mayor’s Office and Municipal Council as well as other key institutions from the Beni Department.

This important joint collaboration with public and private actors enabled the mapping of the productive fisheries complex (Mapeo del Complejo Productivo de Pesca) that will help to represent the social and productive realities in the Northern Amazon Region. The use of this social map, as a tool, is essential to the launching of a space of sectoral dialogue between male and female producers, traders and the public sector, generating inter-institutional synergies. Consequently, we will be able to understand the alliances, conflicts, and authorized spokespersons and select the best people to connect with at any given time.
The structuring of the Platform in the Integrated Productive Aquaculture Complex began on July 15th 2015, with workshops and visits to the municipalities of Yapacani, San Juan and San Carlos (department of Santa Cruz). The project team was able to bring together local public sector actors with the main associations of male and female producers, and private companies. Participants included Production Directors from the Autonomous Municipalities who are responsible for livestock and agricultural areas, Presidents from the Association of Fish Farmers of the Integrated North (APNI), the President of the Association of Fish Farmers "Chonta" and the owner of the fish feed factory “Nutripez”, located in Yapacani. In addition, coordination and negotiation meetings took place with the Director of the SEDAG and the person in charge of the Program for Aquaculture Development of Cochabamba.
These work meetings confirmed the national government’s interest, which currently supports the aquaculture sector. However, a lack of integration between the different agents and public/private organizations dedicated to aquaculture was observed. The situation is currently favourable to the formation of a platform that will allow better coordination between actors, and thus, institutional strengthening within the productive organizations.

Contacts:
Alvaro Céspedes, IMG, lorcespedes@gmail.com
Roberto Castro, IMG, castro.rob81@gmail.com

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