Fishing for Climate Resilience: Empowering vulnerable, fisheries dependent communities adopt ecosystem-based-adaptation measures to secure food and livelihoods
As of: January 2022
Healthy coastal ecosystems are critical to ecological, social, and economic resilience of local communities. The alignment of the small-scale fishery sector with sustainable natural re-source management and climate change adaptation plans is needed to protect ecosystem integrity. Across five target countries, the project enhances coastal resilience while restoring critical habitat. Small-Scale Fishers are empowered to identify and adopt Ecosystem-based-Adaptation measures. Instructing local leaders in behavioural change methodology and tech-nical trainings ensures that capacity stays within the communities and enables replication. By supporting climate resilient microenterprises in the Philippines and Indonesia through the co-rona response package, the project will inform (green) economic recovery and climate plans. Collaboration with partner networks will ensure that solutions are mainstreamed into commu-nity practices, relevant national strategies, and international processes./
State of implementation/results
- Project results are used to strengthen action on ocean and climate issues, including ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) in artisanal fisheries. In collaboration with Friends of EbA and other partners, three global policy papers on nature-based solutions for climate action in the oceans and complementary reports on the status and contribution of mangroves have been produced (see links).
- Indonesia and the Philippines submitted their revised National Contributions, which highlight the importance of coastal and marine ecosystems for climate adaptation.
- Draft documents for 22 climate-resilient, community-managed access and protected areas (MA+Rs) have been submitted to local governments in Indonesia and the Philippines. By 2022, 735,038 hectares of jointly managed fisheries areas and 17,647 hectares of reserves will be established. This can support the conservation and restoration of coastal ecosystems (with blue carbon) and promote the socio-ecological resilience of the target communities.
- A report was produced in collaboration with the Blue Prosperity Coalition and the Waitt Institute to assess the legal and policy framework. This provides an overview of the policies and government institutions in Micronesia that are relevant to the sustainable management of marine waters and the development of the blue economy.
- Input was provided for the Comprehensive National Fisheries Industry Development Plan of the Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
- In Indonesia and the Philippines, work has begun with local partners to train micro-entrepreneurs in financial literacy.