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This paper examines the models and assumptions of policy influence that have underpinned the research effort on Mekong capture fisheries, and presents alternative approaches for fisheries science to better engage in influencing policy. During the last decade there has been a concerted effort to research Mekong basin capture fisheries in an attempt to influence policy. Yet water management agendas have not changed, and the pace of hydropower development has accelerated. This presents a dilemma for fisheries science and research in its efforts to influence policy. The paper argues that addressing the neglect of capture fisheries in the Mekong is fundamentally a governance challenge of setting development values and pathways. Meeting such a challenge requires a democratising and civic science that broadens the decision‐making arena as much as it produces new evidence and arguments.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Civil society
  • Fishing fisheries and aquaculture
  • Fishing policy and administration
  • Science and technology
  • Wild capture commercial fishing and natural fisheries
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Cambodia
  • Viet Nam
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Thailand
Copyright Unclear copyright
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Version / Edition 1.0
License CC-BY-4.0

Richard Friend

Author (individual) Friend, Richard M.
Publication date 2009
Pagination 15 p.
General note

Water Alternatives Volume 2, Number 2, 167-182

Date uploaded June 2, 2015, 08:39 (UTC)
Date modified June 24, 2015, 05:00 (UTC)