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Fishing for Climate Resilience: Empowering vulnerable, fisheries dependent communities adopt ecosystem-based-adaptation measures to secure food and livelihoods

As of: October 2020

Objective and activities

The project will empower vulnerable fisheries dependent communities across Indonesia, the Philippines and Micronesia to identify and adopt ecosystem-based-adaptation (EbA) measures to restore and sustain small-scale fisheries, conserve critical ecosystems and sustain the ecosystem services needed to enhance adaptive capacity, coastal protection, food security and livelihoods. Proven behaviour adoption measures and trainings will strengthen human, technical and institutional capacity needed to build a robust capacity on local and national level to reduce risks to the small scale fisheries sector and to build resilience and food as well as to secure livelihoods. The project will incorporate EbA and disaster risk into coastal fisheries management and thus mainstream EbA into community practice and relevant national strategies (NDCs, NAPs). Trainings will facilitate access to existing climate financing mechanisms. Lessons learnt will be shared regionally and through international forums. The project is part of the IKI Corona Response Package.

State of implementation/results

  • The additionally integrated Corona Response Measures, would ensure that the approaches are extended to other communities and improvement in value chains to strengthen local food security, health and sustainable fisheries.
  • In the Asia-Pacific region, many families rely on the coastal small-scale fishing sector for their livelihoods and are thus dependent on the marine ecosystem, which may, however, be negatively affected by the consequences of climate change.
  • The project will help fisheries-dependent communities in Indonesia, the Philippines and Micronesia to identify and implement ecosystem-based adaptation measures (EbA).
  • The focus is on establishing community-based fisheries management to build climate and disaster resilience and improving implementation conditions by strengthening local participation, knowledge management and education.
  • The project trains local community leaders and leaders in behavioural change measures to support the introduction of ecosystem-based climate adaptation. Thus, knowledge and skills remain within the communities and can be applied throughout the project and beyond.
  • The knowledge gained through the project will be used in the implementation of national climate goals and adaptation strategies, as well as in regional and international forums.
  • Priority sites have been selected for implementation in all countries.
  • Participatory Rural Assessments (PRAs) and Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments (CCVAs) were launched in Indonesia and the Philippines.
  • Micronesia will be working closely with the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) to begin data collection, while a permanent team is hired.

Project data

Federated States of Micronesia, Indonesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Philippines

Implementing organisation:

Partner institution(s):
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Philippines
  • Department of Resources and Development - Federated States of Micronesia
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)
  • Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) - Indonesia
  • Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism - Palau
  • National Authority for Marine Conservation Areas (MMAF) - Indonesia
  • Office of Environmental Planning and Policy Coordination - Marshall Islands

BMU grant:
5.476.382,00 €

09/2018  till  01/2022

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