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Restoring fisheries livelihoods and improving resilience in the Philippines

Restoring fisheries livelihoods and improving resilience in the Philippines

Full title of the project:

Restoring fisheries livelihoods and improving resilience in coastal regions severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan

Target areas:

Regions IVB and VIII

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 1 150 000
01/09/2014-30/11/2015
Project code:
OSRO/PHI/409/GER
Objective:

To restore the livelihoods of vulnerable fishing households, reduce their reliance on food aid, enable them to resume fisheries-related activities and improve their resilience to future threats.

Key partners:

Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Local Government Units.

Beneficiaries reached:

4 574 households (approximately 22 870 people).

Activities implemented:
  • Provided post-harvest kits to 1 000 households (500 fish processors and 500 fish vendors and traders).
  • Trained 1 527 people in Region IVB (including the 1 000 recipients of post-harvest kits) on post-harvest fisheries product handling and development, fish and fishery value-added products and community-based enterprise development.
  • Trained 521 people on food safety compliance, value-added products and community-based enterprise development in Region VIII.
  • Trained 123 people on the management of fish-landing sites funded by BFAR.
  • Trained 839 people on safety at sea and disaster preparedness in Regions IVB and VIII.
  • Trained 240 people on the ecosystem approach to fisheries management in Region IVB.
  • Provided training on fishery law enforcement to 217 people in Region VIII, who were subsequently deputized as fish wardens.
  • Trained 481 people on community-based fisheries management in Region VIII.
  • Distributed kits for the rehabilitation and demarcation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in 14 barangays.
  • Trained 626 people on the management of MPAs.
  • Distributed 9 700 information, education and communication materials.
Impact:
  • Contributed to the sustainable development of fisheries in the targeted areas.
  • Restored and enhanced the production capacity of fish vendors, traders and processors through the distribution of post-harvest and processing materials.
  • Facilitated the adoption of improved value-adding, post-harvest, marketing, business development and water safety and rescue practices.
  • Helped beneficiaries to reduce spoilage, add value to their products (thereby increasing their income) and increase fishers’ safety at sea.
  • Strengthened local capacity in the management of MPAs, contributing to increased production of fish and other marine resources.
  • Raised awareness among national policymakers on the importance of investing in fisheries resource management, livelihood assistance and continuous capacity building.