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J Environ Manage. 2008 Jan;86(1):201-13. Epub 2007 Feb 8.

Effectiveness of participatory planning for community management of fisheries in Bangladesh.

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Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University, Queensway, Enfield, EN3 4SA, UK.


This study provides statistical evidence that support for community-based management of resources was more effective when initiated through a process known as participatory action plan development (PAPD). Thirty-six sites were studied where community management of fisheries was facilitated by NGOs. All involved community participation and establishing local fisheries management institutions. However, communities were able to take up more conservation-related interventions and faced fewer conflicts in the 18 sites where a PAPD was the basis for collective action and institution development. This indicates the value and effectiveness of adopting good practice in participatory planning, such as PAPD, which helps diverse stakeholders find common problems and solutions for natural resource management.

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