Conservation of rice field fisheries helps Cambodia’s poor

In rural Cambodia, where millions depend on fish for food and income, fish populations in natural wetlands are under threat from illegal fishing, habitat destruction and harmful pesticides used for agriculture.

To rebuild and protect these fish populations the Rice Field Fisheries Enhancement project is helping communities to sustainably strengthen the rice field fisheries close to their villages through building 'community fish refuges’. These are conservation ponds that provide fish with a protected habitat to breed during the dry season.