History and Background
Fisheries Action Coalition Team (FACT) is a coalition of NGOs established in 2000 by a group of NGO members working on fisheries and environmental issues around the Tonle Sap Lake. It was established as part of the environment project of the NGO Forum on Cambodia. At that time, a group of NGOs interested in fisheries issues formed a sub-working group which then was supported by different international NGOs such as Oxfam, NGO Forum on Cambodia, and Environment Justice-Foundation. The group of eight NGOs later decided to form the Fisheries Action Coalition Team. In January 2004, FACT separated forum the NGO Forum on Cambodia following the reform in fisheries sector of Cambodia, in which the government declared to release up to 56% of the commercial fishing lots to community management. FACT’s active members are all Cambodian NGO staff members who are committed to conducting advocacy in fisheries issues and monitoring policy reforms.
FACT’s program mobilizes provincial NGOs and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to more effective conduct advocacy programs that respond to development policies and development programs. FACT focuses its work around the Tonle Sap, Coastal and Mekong provinces, on issues that affect Cambodian communities’ livelihoods. FACT collaborates with NGOs concerned with fisheries involved with local fishing communities. FACT works towards building a strong coalition of NGOs and local grassroots’ organizations to protect fisheries, water resources and other natural resources in Tonle Sap Lake, Mekong River, and Cambodian marine regions along the coastal provinces.