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Project Title

Rebuilding resilience of coastal populations and aquatic resources: habitats, biodiversity and sustainable use options (RESCOPAR)

Project Partners

Wageningen University, Netherland
Can Tho University, Vietnam 
Mulawarman University, Indonesia

Funding Sponsor

INREF(Interdisciplinary Research and Education Fund), Netherland

Budget (Euro)


Project Coordinator

Prof. Johan Verreth

Local Coordinator

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Anh Tuan

Project Period


Overall Objective

RESCOPAR aimed to study the resilience of coastal populations and aquatic resources, with an emphasis on mangrove ecosystems, shrimp culture and associated diseases and coastal fisheries.

Specific Objectives

  • To understand the social resilience of fish based livelihoods and ecological resilience of living aquatic resources in mangrove and near shore estuarine ecosystems in South East Asia with specific reference to Indonesia (Kalimantan) and Vietnam (Ca Mau);

  • To provide means that enable decision makers access to the information obtained and understanding of the processes underlying the trade-offs in resource use at the various interacting spatial and temporal scales;

  • To facilitate a participatory and transparent decision making process by elucidating the position of stakeholders with regard to management tools and interventions.


  • Interaction aquaculture-fisheries

  • White Spot Disease and prevention strategies in shrimp culture

  • Livelihoods in the coastal zone

  • Governance of the coastal zones


RESCOPAR contributed to increased knowledge on a cross-cutting societal problem such as coastal zone management, and to scientific knowledge and information that can be used for well-described categories of clients (policy makers, research and education organisations, farmers or others).

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 ASEAN Fisheries Education Network - ASEAN-FEN

In order to strengthen and promote collaboration in education, research, information exchange as well as staff and student exchange in aquaculture and fisheries among ASEAN countries and with other international institutions and organizations for sustainable development of aquaculture and fisheries in the region, nine Universities including Can Tho University (Vietnam), Kasetsart University (Thailand), Nong Lam University (Viet Nam), Prince of Songkla University (Thailand), Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya (Thailand), Universitas Airlangga (Indonesia), Universitas Brawijaya (Indonesia), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (Malaysia), Universiti Sains Malaysia (Malaysia) has jointly established and made the Declaration of the  ASEAN Fisheries Education Network (ASEAN-FEN) on 30 October 2014 during the International Fisheries Symposium – IFS2014, Surabaya, Indonesia. Please visit the website ( for further information about the ASEAN-FEN. As a result, IFS will be one of the important activities of the ASEAN-FEN which will be co-organized by the nine core universities every year.


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