Training on Fisheries and Aquaculture Emergency Response Guidance held in the Philippines

Training on Fisheries and Aquaculture Emergency Response Guidance held in the Philippines

02/09/2015

On 10-11 June 2015, FAO conducted a Training on Fisheries and Aquaculture Emergency Response Guidance in the island municipality of Coron, Palawan, the Republic of the Philippines. The training was a direct offshoot of the Training of Trainers (ToT) on Fisheries and Aquaculture Response Guidance, held in Fiuggi, the Republic of Italy from 22 to 28 March 2015. Twelve participants, including staff from FAO Philippines and Non-governmental Organizations and representatives from three local Governments in the Calamianes group of islands, attended the training. All participants are involved in post-Haiyan rehabilitation programmes in the Calamianes Region, where coastal fishing communities were severely devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.

The training was commissioned by the FAO Philippines project GCP /PHI/064/ITA, entitled “Strengthening resilience of vulnerable small-scale coastal fishers in Region IV-B”. Two certified graduates of the ToT utilized presentations, manuals, and case studies developed in the ToT to instruct participants on conducting disaster needs assessments and designing response activities. Training materials, including Guidelines for the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector on Damage and Needs Assessments in Emergencies and Fisheries and Aquaculture Emergency Response Guidance, were provided to each participant to supplement instruction.

In addition to presentations, the training involved extensive discussions on empirical lessons and cases from the Typhoon Haiyan experience in the Philippines. To this end, it served as a venue for interaction amongst professionals involved in emergency response in the fisheries sector, illustrating the relevance of the lessons delivered. Participants recognized the need to shape collective action to improve various critical aspects of emergency response programmes, ranging from conducting detailed post-disaster sector analyses to designing more responsive and sustainable fisheries livelihood restoration initiatives.

Overall, the training was well-appreciated, with many participants regarding the lessons as practical and relevant. Course evaluation ratings were exceedingly high, with many participants stating that the training would be very useful in future disaster response initiatives in the fisheries sector, especially with the participation of a broader mix of stakeholders.