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This regional strategic framework outlines the basis for action by CONSRN partners towards rehabilitation of fisheries and aquaculture in tsunami affected countries and communities. The framework will also be useful in providing direction and coordination to other organizations (such as government departments, NGOs, multilateral agencies and donors) involved in tsunami rehabilitation. Many other agencies are or will be working in the tsunami affected areas and it is therefore important that any activities are carried out in full collaboration with development partners and governments.

Implementation of activities in support of the strategic elements described in this framework will require close collaboration, design and planning, mobilization of resources, monitoring and evaluation and effective networking and communication. In order to achieve this, five key areas of activity and cooperation have been identified for CONSRN and it's partners. These include:

Collaboration in conducting and communicating results from combined comprehensive damage and needs assessments

Prior to designing and implementing any programmes aimed at rehabilitation of fisheries and aquaculture, comprehensive impact and needs assessments are required. As a first step in this process a review of existing damages and needs assessments will be required to minimize overlap and duplication of work. Key elements of these assessments could include:

Development of agreed rehabilitation plans that involve core partners and other related agencies

In parallel with the impact and needs assessments, planning for rehabilitation will have to be carried out. The should be agreed at local level and ensure that the rehabilitation does not result in fishing over capacity or unsustainable development of aquaculture. The types of plans that can be developed during the needs assessment include:

During this phase, close cooperation with partners and stakeholders is necessary to ensure that overlap and potential waste of resources is avoided and that programmes are well targeted and appropriate. CONSRN partners are ideally placed to support this function having the local, national, regional, and international networks and technical expertise required. Key stages in the development of programmes could include:

Working collectively to mobilize additional resources as appropriate

During the development of the rehabilitation plans it is essential to identify resources (financial, human and physical) for implementation. Close coordination is required between CONSRN and other partners to ensure that sources of appropriate resources are identified and involved in planning at an early stage. CONSRN can play a critical role through its networks to ensure that needs (expressed as projects and programmes) are coordinated and matched with donors. Key stages in the identification and mobilization of resources could include:

Implementation of the agreed rehabilitation plans, monitoring, evaluating and reporting on progress and effective networking and communication of findings

Once project proposals have been approved, implementation can proceed in a timely and accountable fashion. CONSRN is a voluntary activity of the agencies involved and as such has no formal secretariat. Each partner may raise funds to augment its own internal resources
(in any way it sees fit within its institutional policy) and bring these resources on to the
“Consortium table” should that agency deem this appropriate. In a case where two or more partners agree to jointly implement a project, the collaborators in that project will decide on how the project is funded, the source of funds, and their respective contribution to the project cost. In the last instance, the partners may agree to cost in-kind contributions and count these as a contribution to the project. Implementation of agreed CONSRN projects or programmes will be through the consortium partners and follow the agreed guidelines for rehabilitation and development. In addition to these guidelines emphasis will be put on:

A wide range of activities in support of tsunami rehabilitation are either underway or planned by individual members. These vary from the provision of extensive relief to mobilizing resources and developing proposals for long term rehabilitation. These individual actions will be implemented by the partners but coordinated and communicated to the consortium.

Development of a CONSRN flagship project that involves all partners in the consortium

In addition to the actions described above, CONSRN has agreed to the concept of a joint flagship programme to be designed and implemented by all partners during the coming months. This programme will give coherence and complementarity to what may otherwise be overlapping activities. It will be developed by CONSRN partners and be based on the draft proposal developed by SEAFDEC. This proposal contains elements to address key issues such as:

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