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Sector Project Promotion of Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture

Global circle Country: Multinational Cooperation

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October 2014 – September 2017


The project aims to:

  • support the concerned authorities and stakeholders in contributing to sustainable fisheries and aquaculture
  • introduce policies and standards regarding sustainable fisheries and aquaculture
  • secure livelihoods of small-scale fishermen and small-scale producers

Project Description

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the GIZ Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector Project provides conceptual inputs to relevant policies and strategies. These advisory services have a focus on national and international development cooperation. We support the concerned authorities and stakeholders, thereby contributing to sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Key areas for action include the introduction of policies and standards regarding sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. There is a particular focus on securing the livelihoods of small-scale fishermen and small-scale producers. The project operates through networks with other development cooperation agencies, NGOs as well as the private sector.


Success Story

Pangasius fishfarms in Vietnam

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Vietnam is the biggest producer of pangasius fish worldwide with the EU being an important market for its export. Generating a major share of revenues, pangasius can make a considerable contribution towards poverty reduction and rural development. Hence the improvement of sustainability in the aquaculture sector is regarded as a measure of wide reach. 

In 2010, the German Cooperation for International Cooperation (GIZ) set up a Public Private Partnership (PPP) to foster linkage between Vietnamese producers, European retailers and certifiers of international standards. This has led to the very first Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification of pangasius farms worldwide. Further achievements are:

  • Improved fish quality & safer production conditions by implementing international standards. Meeting international standards required by big retailers who are members of GLOBAL G.A.P., increased export opportunities, reduced rejection rates at international borders and expanded the market. Moreover, it reduced environmental risks and improved working conditions for employees.
  • Capacity building at local level. Producers and processors were trained in diagnosing and controlling diseases, water quality management, hygiene practices and setting up an internal monitoring system.
  • Outreach to more farmers in the Mekong Delta. Peer-to-peer learning as well as competition will encourage more farmers in the Mekong Delta to implement good aquaculture practices and international standards.

Contact Person

Dr. Mark Prein
Project Director
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

SV Sustainable Fisheries & Aquaculture
Rural Development and Agriculture
Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1-5
65760 Eschborn, Germany

Tel:  +49 6196 79 -1471
Mobile: +49 151 46147153