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Fisheries policies for a new era

There is a growing recognition that the fisheries policies of the past have been driven primarily by environmental and economic research agendas. This may have been due to the influence of the more powerful actors in the fisheries policy debate: foreign governments, conservation organizations, the scientific establishment, development bodies, and finance institutions.

Fish - more than just another commodity

This brief highlights the contribution of wild capture fisheries to nutritional security in fish dependent developing countries.

Technical Partnership to Improve Aquaculture Activity of SHOUHARDO II Program

The sandy beach at Cox’s Bazar stretches unbroken for further than the eye can see, and is the pride of the Bangladeshi people. Located in the country’s southeastern corner, the beach is a popular tourist destination for Bangladeshis and international visitors alike. Despite this, many of the local communities that call Cox’s Bazar home struggle with food insecurity and poverty.

Timor-Leste to tackle poverty and malnutrition with aquaculture

The government of Timor-Leste has developed a National Aquaculture Development Strategy, designed to help reduce high levels of poverty and chronic malnutrition throughout the country.

Food and nutrition security in Solomon Islands

This report is a literature review on Food and Nutrition Security in Solomon Islands, based on data from surveys conducted by Solomon Islands National Statistical Office, as well as from national and international organizations working in Solomon Islands.

Healthy links: assessing food safety throughout the value chain

Putting enough food on the table is a daily challenge faced by households around the world. Ensuring that the food contains enough protein and essential micronutrients is a further consideration, and animal products, such as fish and meat from livestock can go a long way to improving the diets of the world’s poor. In addition, small-scale production of animal source foods can be a pathway out of poverty for many communities.
 

Crisis sentinel indicators: Averting a potential meltdown in the Coral Triangle

The Coral Triangle (CT) includes some or all of the land and seas of six countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste (CT6). It covers only 1.1% of the world's area, but is the global hotspot for marine biodiversity and a rich spawning area for tuna. One-third of the CT6 population and millions more from outside the region are dependent on these resources. However, a range of human pressures threaten the biological health and diversity in the CT, affecting the food security and livelihoods of these people. A set of Crisis Sentinel Indicators (CSI) has been proposed to discuss the current state of affairs of the Coral Triangle based on the three dimensions of sustainability: Ecological, Socioeconomic, and Governance indicators. Furthermore, a Pressure-State-Response (PSR) analysis was performed for each CT6 country, using the three dimensions of sustainability, to capture and discuss the local state of affairs.
 

Managing floodplain natural resources in Bangladesh and India

Bangladesh and the neighboring Indian state of West Bengal lie across the fertile delta floodplains where the Ganges River splits and then spills into the Bay of Bengal. With an estimated combined population of 250 million, the Ganges delta is one of the most populous regions of the world, and poverty in rural communities can be devastating. Managing the shared natural resources of the floodplains is vital to maintaining the area’s biodiversity, while reducing the poverty and malnutrition of those who rely on it. With potentially damaging aquaculture practices and overexploitation of fisheries resources spreading rapidly in some areas, understanding the best management practices for the floodplains, and developing policies to protect both environment and livelihoods is urgently needed.
 

Mapping the Bounty of the Coral Triangle

The warm tropical waters of the Coral Triangle in the South Pacific cover a little over 1% of the Earth’s surface, yet are host to over three quarters of all recorded coral species and thousands of fish species. The staggering biological diversity of marine life is sustained by an equally diverse mix of habitats including river estuaries, mangrove forests, seagrass beds and coral reefs. The 6.8 million square kilometers of the Coral Triangle cover the waters around the eastern half of Indonesia, as well as the Philippines, Malaysia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands.

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