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Siphandone – Phase II

This project is the second phase of the “Siphandone” project, which started in 2012 in Khong and Mounlapamok districts of Champasak province under the name “Management and sustainable use of fisheries and aquatic natural resources in Siphandone”, funded by BMZ, HSBC and WWF, ended in June 2016. The first phase of the project was an overall success. 

All stakeholders have hence agreed to continue activities for a phase II. This second phase also focuses on the Siphandone region along the middle Mekong main stem, in Champasak province. The main objective of the project is to increase and improve the stock of aquatic resources through the establishment of fisheries co-management structures and support the improvement of local livelihoods.


Project Objective


The overall objective is to contribute to the overall socio-economic  development of the Lao PDR, and in particular that of Agriculture and Forestry, through the management and sustainable use of fisheries and aquatic natural resources in the Mekong River. 


Project Location

The project will be implemented in 20 new villages in Kong and Mounlapamoke districts, Champasak province. The exact location (villages) will be determined during the inception phase of the project. Following the inception workshop, joint WWF/DLF teams will undertake field consultations and habitat inspections to determine target villages. Criteria for village selection will include:

Project Activities

  • Continue monitoring of fish catch and occurrence
  • Strengthen law enforcement technical capacity through trainings on patrolling and purchasing patrolling equipment   
  • Support the deployment of rigorous patrol teams   
  • Select and officially set up 20 FCZs and FMC  
  • Build capacity for FMC through training and exchange visit within the country  
  • Develop and implement a monitoring system on FMC effectiveness
  • Design and implement environmentally-friendly alternative  income models
  • Set up small scale aquaculture in 4 villages, provide material and equipment
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Siphandone (Four Thousand Islands) in southern Laos represents a hugely important ecological area of the Mekong River.
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Siphandone Patrolling Team
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Transboundary dolphin pools, Khong District, Champassak Province.
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Project  Partners


The Department of Livestock and Fisheries (DLF), through its Fisheries Division and its office in Champasack province, will be the main partner for this project implementation. The DLF will coordinate with the Provincial Livestock and Fisheries Office for implementation of activities within the target  province.

The DLF will also be responsible for coordination of the project within the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) and the  Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).


The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) will provide the majority of the funding for this project.


Project Specific Objectives

  • Unsustainable fishing activities are effectively and permanently reduced   through  effective patrolling of the river.
  • The local management of aquatic resources is strengthened through the creation of Fish Conservation Zones and Fisheries Management Committees and the raising of awareness of the Lao legislation with regards to fisheries.
  • Alternative sources of livelihoods, with a special focus on aquaculture, are developed and contribute to the diversification of income of Siphandone inhabitants.
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Project Factsheet

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Click on the image to view the Project Factsheet 

Patrolling Teams and Their Rights

Here are some of the activities that the project patrolling teams have the rights over the illegal activities of fisheries in and around the project area.

  • To inspect the management of the implementation related to fisheries such as documents or permission to operate commercial fisheries enterprise all aquacultural site including the buildings, fish farming and aquaculture.
  • The river patrol team can stop for inspect, searching or confiscate the vehicle  and also including illegal fishing gear and other equipment.
  • The river patrolling team can warn, arrest or confine illegal fishermen to the police.
(Read more about Siphandone project patrolling activitties from the PDF file on the right-hand side)
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Patrolling team activities around the project area
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Contact Information

House No. 39, Unit 5, Chanthabouly District, 

Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR. PO Box: 7871




Phone: +856 21 216080

Fax: +856 21 251883

Viphou Khounthavong

Siphandone Phase 2 Project Manager

Pakse office, Champasak Province, Lao PDR.
Tel: +856 31 215204

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WWF-Laos Office, Vientiane Capital, Laos.
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