Report of the Workshop on Participatory Approaches in Aquaculture: Bangkok, Thailand, 28 February-1 March 2000

Series: FAO Fisheries Reports (No. 630)
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During this Workshop the use of participatory approaches was analysed in eight aquaculture case studies from different countries in Asia and one from Africa. The main conclusion was that there are no absolutes in participation and a wide range of different degrees and forms of participation may be manifested in the development process. Participatory approaches proved to be particularly helpful in improving understanding of the role of aquaculture in rural livelihoods (as opposed to focusing purely on aquaculture as a technical activity) and in understanding the attitudes and perceptions of the people involved.