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Building institutional capacity for adaptive learning among small-scale fishers


Women attending a meeting outside a community center, Mailat, Narail, Bangladesh

Better information and analysis alone aren’t sufficient to change policies, reorient priorities, and improve decision-making aimed at enhancing benefits from scale fisheries. Changed behaviors is a critical element, and previous research has shown that institutional support plays an important role in achieving that by offering knowledge, technical assistance, and other guidance. Capacity building in individuals and institutions to strengthen their adaptive response to new threats and opportunities will help make small-scale fisheries more resilient to external shocks. Projected outputs in this area of research include:

Improving national capacity to capitalize on indigenous skills for adaptation

  • training for fisheries agency staff in targeted countries

  • international symposium on small-scale fisheries

  • training course on geospatial analysis for aquatic resource management

  • curricula and training materials on water productivity and integrated assessment and management of fisheries

  • FIMNET development for small-scale fisheries managers

Strengthening policy and advisory bodies in targeted countries and regions

  • regional networks and advisory bodies briefed on lessons about stakeholder role in fisheries management

  • support to civil society groups for stronger involvement in planning approaches to resource management

  • joint initiative to promote the implementation of country-specific policy

Formalization of learning networks and processes to quantify impacts

  • workshop to analyze impact pathways for basin-wide fisheries interventions

  • assessment of effectiveness of community-based fisheries management approaches in reducing fishing pressures in coastal areas

  • scaling up and out of basin-wide interventions identified as effective