Saving mangroves in Solomon Islands

Mangroves are important ecosystems that provide food, firewood, building materials, and shoreline protection for coastal communities. They are also vital nursery grounds for fisheries, which support the livelihoods of 85% of people in the Solomon Islands.

However, these valuable ecosystems are increasingly under threat. In many areas, mangrove trees are unsustainably harvested by for firewood and building materials. This harvesting threatens vital marine resources.

Giving women a voice in Ghana’s coastal resource management

For centuries the vibrant coastal communities of Ghana’s Western Region have relied on wild caught fish from the once fertile waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Today, fish remains a staple food for even the poorest in these communities and is critical to Ghana’s food security, with a national per capita fish consumption rate 44% higher than the global average.

However growing competition at sea, dwindling fish stocks and a lack of enforcement of fisheries laws, among other factors, have fuelled destructive and illegal fishing practices that have further depleted stocks.

Bangladesh Strengthens Its Commitment to Sustainable Aquaculture in the Face of Climate Change

In Bangladesh, where food shortages and malnutrition continue to plague millions, an aquaculture project is helping to raise family income and assist the rural poor to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Bangladesh, the world’s third poorest country, boosted basic food production in the 1970s and 1980s with the introduction of high yielding cereal crops. The benefits of the new varieties, however, largely failed to reach the Adivasi ethnic minority.

Farming Waters, Changing Lives

Climate change, sea level rise, increased salinity; these are some of the challenges to development in Bangladesh. The CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems is working in Bangladesh to help small-scale fish farmers improve their lives through better farming practices.

Traditionally Bangladeshi women are looked down on if they work the ponds, but this hasn't deterred Banlata Das from grabbing the chance to lift her family out of poverty.

Valuation of tropical river resources to promote management and governance

Tropical rivers provide food and a means of livelihood for millions of the world’s poor, but there is a lack of information on how to place a monetary and economic value on this resource.

This information gap means that the need to protect river ecosystems may not be fully appreciated, especially in the face of infrastructure projects such as dams and irrigation schemes that can seriously affect water flow and fish habitats.

Promoting small-scale aquaculture for food security and nutrition in Africa and Asia

Bina Roy lives in rural Bangladesh. She is a wife, mother, a farmer and a fisher. Bina is also secretary to the committee that oversees fishing practices in her village. In 2002, she and her neighbors began implementing several new aquaculture practices to boost farmed fish production. The result: fish production increased by 20%  and the improved practices have spread to 1,200 villages across Bangladesh's lowland floodplains, and are now yielding more than 1,200 tons of fish each year and generating nearly US$1 million in additional income.


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