Setting up a protected area is only the beginning of a long-term conservation effort. An ongoing commitment is needed to ensure that the area is truly protected, and to determine whether the conservation effort is working.

The guidebook “Guidelines for Assessing Fish Conservation Zones in Lao PDR” was developed by FISHBIO to guide the evaluation of community-managed freshwater protected areas, or Fish Conservation Zones.

The guidebook describes 21 potential indicators of FCZ governance, socioeconomic, and ecological effectiveness.  A shorter companion guide, or field handbook, describes the steps of an FCZ assessment.

Download the FCZ Guidebook here.

Download the FCZ  Field Handbook here.

These guides were developed with support from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund. Learn more about the development of the FCZ assessment guidebook.

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