The three-day training on “Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management” consists of learning modules facilitated by four trainers. It also features country reports on the state of fisheries from four participating countries - Cambodia Philippines Taiwan and Thailand.
Venue: Iloilo City, Philippines
Date: September 30 - October 04
Participating countries: 5 speakers from 4 countries (Cambodia, Thailand, Taiwan and Philippines)
Participants: 14 local participants / trainees
Papers presented: 5
Co-organizers: Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD); and University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UPV)
The Essential Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) training course is the result of a unique partnership involving some regional organizations such as the UN-FAO, bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME), US Coral Triangle Initiative, Asia-Pacific Fishery Commissions and IMA International. This represents a move away from fisheries management systems that focus only on the sustainable harvest of target species, towards systems and decision-making processes that balance environmental well-being with human and social well-being within improved governance framework.
The three-day training consisted of learning modules facilitated by four trainers. It also featured country reports on the state of fisheries from four participating countries: Cambodia, Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand. The modules, which were all designed to be participative and interactive included the following: 1) Threats and issues in current fisheries management; 2) Fisheries management and the ecosystem approach; 3) The whats and whys of EAFM; 4) Principles of EAFM; 5) Moving towards EAFM; 6) EAFM plans: the link between policy and action; 7) EAFM process overview. There were numerous activities to fully engage the participants like group discussions, games and presentations. Participants worked in pairs, in groups and individually on specific designed exercises.
Major findings and recommendations
1. Provide a practical planning approach through EAFM that allows prioritization of issues to be undertaken within the practical realities of local conditions and capacities.
2. Craft a structured governance framework to proactively address the underlying issues on resource management by taking a more thoughtful long-term perspective to planning and management.
3. Identify the stakeholders in the process of developing the EAFM plans to generate greater support for and ownership of the resulting decisions.
4. Create engagement opportunities with higher level authorities to increase political commitment to the EAFM plan in order to enable its recognition and institutionalization.
5. Provide a framework through EAFM that would open doors for stakeholder dialogue and greater understanding and trust among science, resource management and the fishery sector.
6. Employ the “co-management” approach as an alternative to “top-down” management.
7. Use the principles of EAFM to pave the way for constructive dialogue and find solutions for mitigating problems especially those that require solutions outside the fishery sector.
List of papers
• The status of the fisheries industry in Cambodia - Mak Kakada
• The Philippine small-scale fisheries: country Report - Richard N. Muallil
• The status of the fisheries industry in Thailand - Kriengkrai Satapornavit
• Vision and mission of the Taiwan Fisheries Research Institute - Ruei-Gu Chen and June-Ru Chen
• The fisheries situation in Taiwan - Sheng-Ping Wang and Cheng-Hsin Liao
Mr. Romeo Cabungcal, provincial agriculturist from Palawan, Philippines, is one of the resource persons and facilitators of the joint FFTC-PCAARRD EAFM training course. Photo shows Mr. Cabungcal giving instructions on a particular group activity.
Coinciding with the opening ceremony of the EAFM training is the MOA ceremonial signing between FFTC and the University of the Philippines at Los Baños. FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin and UPLB Chancellor Dr. Fernando Sanchez, Jr. sign the MOA.
There are numerous activities to fully engage the participants in the EAFM training in Iloilo City, Philippines. These include group discussions, games and presentations. The participants work in pairs, in groups and individually on specific designed exercises.