This project targets the coastal communities in the Project’s focal sites namely, the Philippines, Indonesia, Tanzania, and the Solomon Islands), who rely on coastal habitats as an important source of livelihood and nutrition; managers of marine protected areas (MPAs) and fisheries; non-governmental organizations; and national and local governments. Specifically for the Philippines, the Project will target the coastal communities of Misamis Occidental (Sinacaban, Tudela, Oroquieta City, Jimenez, Aloran, and Panaon), with possible expansion to the coastal communities in Misamis Oriental. The Project’s main activities are divided into two phases: a) participatory research; and b) collaborative implementation of EAF strategies in focal sites. This project aims to use an EAF framework to improve small-scale fisheries (SSF) management in developing countries and enhance their contribution to poverty reduction. Specifically, this Project aims to a) assess existing institutional arrangements and understand how an EAF can overcome barriers to effective integrated SSF management; b) develop EAF strategies and actions for SSF management suitable for developing country contexts; and c) strengthen the capacity of local fishery stakeholders and government agencies to collaborate and work within an EAF. These are the same objectives that SEARCA sets out to achieve by providing assistance to the WorldFish Center in the various diagnosis and capacity building activities of the Project.
Expected results of the Project after the implementation of EAF include the following: a) increased commitment to implementing EAF for SSF management in focal countries achieved through better understanding of its potential contributions to poverty reduction and environmental sustainability; b) better integration of EAF and existing institutional arrangements in focal sites; c) enhanced understanding on the role of MPAs in the effective implementation of EAF in a developing country context; d) active participation of final beneficiaries, including women, in participatory research and collaborative implementation of EAF strategies in focal sites; e) capacity development of target groups achieved through collaborative research and implementation of EAF strategies in project sites; and f) practical guidelines for EAF action programmes and policy recommendations for long-term EAF planning produced and disseminated.