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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 2021

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

  • 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.

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Project data

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

Implementing organisation:

Political partner(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

Implementing partner(s):
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)

BMU grant:
5.976.382,00 €

09/2018  till  12/2022


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