April 11-13, 2018 – Partner organizations from Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines came together at the Regional Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) learning exchange in Nasugbu, Batangas to enhance their capabilities in managing their marine resources, by further integrating harvest strategies into their management schemes.
The participants shared EAFM initiatives that were being carried out by the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape Project and its partner organizations. Meanwhile, the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security EAFM Technical Working Group provided updates on the status of the target EAFM actions within the region.
The group also identified research and data limitations, lack of funding and human resources, as well as gaps in policies and common implementation challenges among the countries. Based on these challenges, capacity needs for EAFM implementation and appropriate strategies to harvest marine resources were defined.
In the Ang Pulo Marine Protected Area, a mangrove rehabilitation in Calatagan, Batangas, participants learned potential livelihood alternatives when implementing harvest strategies such as seasonal fishing closures. The site features partnerships between non-government organizations, fisherfolks, and provincial and municipal local governments, which are key to successful livelihood programs.
A follow-up meeting in July 2018 was planned to determine the way forward for continued EAFM collaboration within the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape. (SSS/ John Toledo)