Critical reflections from fostering adaptive community-based, co-management in Solomon Islands’ small-scale fisheries

Adaptive co-management approaches have been at the core of attempts to apply resilience principles to small-scale fisheries. Although recommendations of what should be done to promote resilience are commonplace, insights from practice are rare. The authors provide a critical analysis of WorldFish’s effort to improve the resilience of small-scale fisheries, particularly experiences with facilitating, implementing and sustaining a collaborative form of management referred to as community-based resource management (CBRM) in five regions in Solomon Islands over nine years. A participatory diagnosis and adaptive management framework was applied to foster the emergence of CBRM in intense community engagements.


Schwarz, A.M., Cohen, P.J., Boso, D., Ramofafia, C., Alexander, T., Bennett, G., Andrew, N. (2017)
SPC Traditional Marine Resource Management and Knowledge Information Bulletin, 38: 14-25 [open access]