The Regional Fisheries
Livelihoods Programme:
results and achievements
RFLP sought to improve the livelihoods
and reduce vulnerability of small-scale
fishers and their families.
It also helped foster more sustainable
resource management practices.
Sri Lanka
Cambodia
Viet Nam
Philippines
Timor-Leste
Indonesia
The programme took place in
six countries.
It was funded by the
Kingdom of Spain and
implemented by the
Food and Agriculture
Organization of the
United Nations.
Capacity building was at the
heart of RFLP.
In all some 35,500 fishers, family
members and government staff took part
in over 1,150 capacity building activities.
This included community members
(who were mainly women).
Government staff
As well as fishers
themselves
All RFLP activities sought to provide
practical skills and tangible benefits to
those who participated.
RFLP undertook activities in six main
thematic areas.
TRANSITION SLIDE
1. Co-management of marine resources
The first was the co-management of marine resources
The sharing of management
responsibility and authority between local
communities and the government over
fisheries resourc...
RFLP therefore sought to introduce or
reinforce co-management mechanisms
through a number of means.
In all 65 various co-management
mechanisms or bodies were
introduced or reinforced
For example, in Viet Nam the first
ever Fisheries Associations were
formed in Quang Nam and Quang Tri
provinces.
In Sri Lanka legislation was
changed, Fisheries
Management Committees
formed and the eco-systems
approach to fisheries
man...
Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Management
Councils were formed or reactivated in the
Philippines.
Innovative Village Regulations were
introduced in Indonesia as a basis for
marine resource management.
Meanwhile, in Timor-Leste a traditional
Tara Bandu resource management
mechanism was documented for the
first time.
Over 40 resource management
plans were developed and
elements implemented.
In Cambodia 15 Community Fisheries
Area Management Plans were
developed.
In Viet Nam Commune resource
management plans were put in place.
Coastal and Fisheries Resource
Management Plans were
developed in the Philippines.
Fisheries and Mangrove Management Plans were devised
for Negombo, Chilaw and Puttalam lagoons in Sri Lanka.
Demarcation of community fishing
areas took place, for example as here in
Cambodia.
The resource management plans were
imp...
In Cambodia anti-trawling devices have
also been deployed.
And community-patrolling capacity
increased.
Patrol boats were also provided in the
Philippines.
As well as in Viet Nam.
Illegal nets have been confiscated and
instances of illegal fishing have decreased
in Cambodia.
Enhancing patrolling capac...
Illegal traps have been confiscated and
burnt in Viet Nam
In the Philippines Fisheries Law
Enforcement Teams supported by RFLP
have played an important role.
They have helped enforce a 3-month
ban on commercial sardine fishing that
has greatly helped stocks recover.
Tara Bandu in Timor-Leste have already
proven effective.
As community-based mechanisms to
effectively co-manage local resources.
As a result of RFLP’s actions fisher-
government relations have been greatly
enhanced in many countries.
This plays a hugely important role in
ensuring resources are co-managed
effectively.
RFLP put in place processes and
mechanisms to gather and
generate data and information
about fisheries and small-scale
fis...
In Timor-Leste an online National Fisheries
Statistics System was established.
As part of this initiative, the first ever national
census of fishing vessels in Timor-Leste took
place.
96% of vessels nationwide
were registered with details
entered into Google Earth
where they are instantly
accessible.
A pilot system to report and record data on
illegal fishing using personal locator beacons
was successfully launched.
Boat positions and
incidences of illegal
fishing are logged
online in real time.
Fishers also use the
device to call for
h...
A National Maritime Authority will
also be formed to deal with
emergency response for when
fishers push the ‘help’ button.
In Timor-Leste bathymetric data was also gathered
through the use of GPS sounders.
The GPS sounders helped the fishers to find
fish.
While at the same time the authorities could gather data on
water depth, temperature and fisher movements.
Areas of community interest were
mapped. This included where fishers
went to sea or if there were saltwater
crocodiles pre...
Fish catch monitoring also took
place in Timor-Leste, Cambodia
and Sri Lanka.
Other important skills
taught included how to
carry out marine resource
surveys.
These skills were put to use in the
development of marine resource
maps in the Philippines
As well as village regulations to manage local resources in
Indonesia.
Transition
slide
2. Reducing
vulnerability of small-
scale fishers and their
families
Fishing remains the world’s
most dangerous
occupation.
RFLP therefore helped
improve the safety of
fishers at sea and the
vulnerability of fishing
communities it worked
with.
Training and basic
equipment such as life
jackets were provided.
Rescue and safety
techniques taught.
As were boat building and
boat maintenance skills.
Boat building skills.
Basic first aid skills
were especially
popular with women
who could put them
to use in the home.
Outboard engine
maintenance and repair
skills were especially
popular with fishers.
Being able to fix and maintain their engines enhances
safety and their ability to fish and make money.
Navigation skills
were taught.
Fishers were also helped
to become ‘officially’
licensed in Viet Nam,
Indonesia and Cambodia.
Women were involved in
training to help encourage
safer practices by husbands or
brothers etc.
A variety of safety at sea awareness
campaigns and materials were
produced.
Leading and
landing lights in
Sri Lanka and
Cambodia
helped fishers
return safely in
the dark or bad
weather.
Accident reporting systems were
piloted in Indonesia, Cambodia and Viet
Nam as well as Timor-Leste.
In Timor the system revealed the scale of deaths and injuries from
saltwater crocodile attacks.
RFLP helped develop a
National Plan of Action for
Safety of Fishers and Vessels
at Sea in Sri Lanka.
16 people were
rescued from a
sinking boat in
Timor-Leste
when a phone
kept dry in an
RFLP-supplied
‘Aquapac’ was
used to ...
A fisher was also saved by an
RFLP lifejacket when he was
washed overboard.
Saved in Sri Lanka – a diver
put RFLP training...
TRANSITION SLIDE
3. Improving the quality of fishery
products and market chains
TRANSITION SLIDE
A wide range of actions to improve
production techniques, product
quality and marketing so as to boost
fishers’ income fro...
Hygiene and sanitation practices were
improved through training, developing
awareness raising material and
Post harvest losses were reduced and
incomes enhanced through the
provision of ice boxes and aerators in
Cambodia, Timor-L...
In Indonesia motorcycle cool boxes allowed fisheries products to be
transported more hygienically, economically and over l...
Capacity building took place to improve
product quality in all six RFLP countries.
Producers were trained in new techniques
and gained certification.
Better processes, product quality, packaging,
certification and marketing all led to increased sales
and income.
Direct marketing efforts boosted sales of
fisheries products in Viet Nam.
Participation in provincial and national
trade shows in Indonesia drove sales and
boosted confidence of producers.
Beach access paths in Sri Lanka resulted in
a considerable increase in income for
fishers by facilitating access for more
...
Thuan An port in Viet Nam’s Thua Thien
Hue province was renovated to enhance
hygiene standards.
Hygiene and management levels at Oeba
fish landing centre in Kupang, Indonesia
were enhanced following an intense
particip...
Previously unused fish landing centers in Timor-Leste were also given a new lease of
life.
They became centers for data collection
and sharing, and ice production.
They were also used for training events so
as to make them more relevant to the
community.
4. Strengthening
livelihoods
TRANSITION SLIDE
Approximately 40 different
livelihoods initiatives were
launched by RFLP.
These will enhance income
opportunities for participants
while potentially contributing
to reduced pressure on
natural res...
A significant amount of community
consultation took place to identify
potential livelihoods options.
Considerable emphasis was also placed on
building business planning and
management skills before livelihoods
actions were ...
Examples of RFLP livelihoods actions
include…
Sewing skills in the Philippines
With groups trained to make bags,
hats and underwear.
Handicrafts in Sri Lanka
Small-scale aquaculture in
Indonesia
Support to a National
Aquaculture Development
Strategy in Timor-Leste.
New Zealand will fund the
first implementation
phas...
Vocational training – IT
skills in Sri Lanka
Hairdressing and beauty
culture were taught in Sri
Lanka, Indonesia and the
Philippines.
Fibre glass products were
made in Indonesia.
Indonesian youth also
learned IT repair skills.
…and how to fix engines.
Fisher wives in the
Philippines were
supported to launch a
fishing product supply
store.
A boat removal and repair
facility was constructed in
Cambodia.
Fishers trained in engine
repair in Timor-Leste also
launched small workshops.
Various fish-based and non-
fish based food products
were produced for sale.
In Sri Lanka a coconut oil
production facility became
operational.
As did a coir
products
production centre.
Rice banks were built and
launched in Cambodia.
These help farmer/fishers
borrow rice when they
need it as well as offer
affordable loans.
Pig raising was supported
in Viet Nam often in
conjunction with biogas
facilities.
Chicken raising was
successful in Viet Nam and
Cambodia.
Home gardens in Sri Lanka
provided fisher families
with financial and
nutritional benefits.
Fisher families in Sri Lanka
also tried their hand at
dairy farming.
Sand leeks were grown in
Viet Nam.
And seaweed farming
techniques improved in
Indonesia.
Biogas introduced in Viet
Nam and Indonesia helps
fisher families spend less
on kerosene, reduces time
spent looking for w...
5. RFLP boosted financial
literacy and access to
micro-finance services.
TRANSITION SLIDE
Emphasis was placed on raising basic
financial literacy in all RFLP countries.
Significant progress was made in Sri
Lanka.
Sri Lankan fisheries societies were helped to operate more efficiently
and more professionally.
As a result the government requested
replication of RFLP’s micro-finance
strategy for fishers nationwide.
Community-based savings groups also
boosted membership in Cambodia
following RFLP training.
6. Sharing knowledge between RFLP
countries and other interested
stakeholders
TRANSITION SLIDE
RFLP gathered information on its activities
and produced a wide range of knowledge
sharing materials
These included advisory and lessons
learned notes.
Publications
Case studies
Newsletters
RFLP also contributed to regional policy
dialogue through participation in regional
fisheries workshops and events and
pub...
TRANSITION SLIDE
Gender mainstreaming
Gender analysis took place and a specific
gender strategy was developed.
RFLP sought to mainstream gender in all
its activ...
Approx 38% of participants in RFLP
capacity building activities were
women.
RFLP successfully increased the
membership and involvement of women in
management bodies such as Fisheries
Associations in...
Changes to Sri Lanka’s Fisheries Act mean that women can
now sit on co-management bodies.
Seats on the Fish Finance Network
Association board of directors in Sri Lanka
were set aside for women.
Women also became signatories to Tara
Bandu in Timor-Leste in a symbolic step.
Transition
slide
RFLP would like to extend its thanks to the
Kingdom of Spain and all those who have
supported and participated in its acti...
Thank you for your attention!
Regional Fisheries
Livelihoods Programme for
South and Southeast Asia
www.rflp.org
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The Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme for South and Southeast Asia (RFLP) set out to strengthen capacity among participating small-scale fishing communities and their supporting institutions in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam. The four-year (2009 – 2013) RFLP was funded by the Kingdom of Spain and implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

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  • Cambodia entire coast;Indonesia – 3 districts and 1 municipality in Nusa Tenggara Timor province;Philippines – northern half of Zamboanga del Norte province on Mindanao island;Sri Lanka – 2 fisheries districts on the northwest of the country, south of the war zone;Timor-Leste – 5 districts;Viet Nam – 3 central provinces of Quang Nam, Thua Thien Hue and Quang Tri;
  • Results and achievements of the Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme for South and Southeast Asia (RFLP)

    1. 1. The Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme: results and achievements
    2. 2. RFLP sought to improve the livelihoods and reduce vulnerability of small-scale fishers and their families.
    3. 3. It also helped foster more sustainable resource management practices.
    4. 4. Sri Lanka Cambodia Viet Nam Philippines Timor-Leste Indonesia The programme took place in six countries.
    5. 5. It was funded by the Kingdom of Spain and implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
    6. 6. Capacity building was at the heart of RFLP.
    7. 7. In all some 35,500 fishers, family members and government staff took part in over 1,150 capacity building activities.
    8. 8. This included community members (who were mainly women).
    9. 9. Government staff
    10. 10. As well as fishers themselves
    11. 11. All RFLP activities sought to provide practical skills and tangible benefits to those who participated.
    12. 12. RFLP undertook activities in six main thematic areas. TRANSITION SLIDE 1. Co-management of marine resources
    13. 13. The first was the co-management of marine resources
    14. 14. The sharing of management responsibility and authority between local communities and the government over fisheries resources can play a major role in their improvement.
    15. 15. RFLP therefore sought to introduce or reinforce co-management mechanisms through a number of means.
    16. 16. In all 65 various co-management mechanisms or bodies were introduced or reinforced
    17. 17. For example, in Viet Nam the first ever Fisheries Associations were formed in Quang Nam and Quang Tri provinces.
    18. 18. In Sri Lanka legislation was changed, Fisheries Management Committees formed and the eco-systems approach to fisheries management introduced.
    19. 19. Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Management Councils were formed or reactivated in the Philippines.
    20. 20. Innovative Village Regulations were introduced in Indonesia as a basis for marine resource management.
    21. 21. Meanwhile, in Timor-Leste a traditional Tara Bandu resource management mechanism was documented for the first time.
    22. 22. Over 40 resource management plans were developed and elements implemented.
    23. 23. In Cambodia 15 Community Fisheries Area Management Plans were developed.
    24. 24. In Viet Nam Commune resource management plans were put in place.
    25. 25. Coastal and Fisheries Resource Management Plans were developed in the Philippines.
    26. 26. Fisheries and Mangrove Management Plans were devised for Negombo, Chilaw and Puttalam lagoons in Sri Lanka.
    27. 27. Demarcation of community fishing areas took place, for example as here in Cambodia. The resource management plans were implemented in a variety of ways
    28. 28. In Cambodia anti-trawling devices have also been deployed.
    29. 29. And community-patrolling capacity increased.
    30. 30. Patrol boats were also provided in the Philippines.
    31. 31. As well as in Viet Nam.
    32. 32. Illegal nets have been confiscated and instances of illegal fishing have decreased in Cambodia. Enhancing patrolling capacity has delivered good results.
    33. 33. Illegal traps have been confiscated and burnt in Viet Nam
    34. 34. In the Philippines Fisheries Law Enforcement Teams supported by RFLP have played an important role.
    35. 35. They have helped enforce a 3-month ban on commercial sardine fishing that has greatly helped stocks recover.
    36. 36. Tara Bandu in Timor-Leste have already proven effective.
    37. 37. As community-based mechanisms to effectively co-manage local resources.
    38. 38. As a result of RFLP’s actions fisher- government relations have been greatly enhanced in many countries.
    39. 39. This plays a hugely important role in ensuring resources are co-managed effectively.
    40. 40. RFLP put in place processes and mechanisms to gather and generate data and information about fisheries and small-scale fishing communities. This will form the basis for informed fisheries management plans.
    41. 41. In Timor-Leste an online National Fisheries Statistics System was established.
    42. 42. As part of this initiative, the first ever national census of fishing vessels in Timor-Leste took place.
    43. 43. 96% of vessels nationwide were registered with details entered into Google Earth where they are instantly accessible.
    44. 44. A pilot system to report and record data on illegal fishing using personal locator beacons was successfully launched.
    45. 45. Boat positions and incidences of illegal fishing are logged online in real time. Fishers also use the device to call for help in emergency. As a result of RFLP efforts the Timorese Government plans to adopt this system nationwide.
    46. 46. A National Maritime Authority will also be formed to deal with emergency response for when fishers push the ‘help’ button.
    47. 47. In Timor-Leste bathymetric data was also gathered through the use of GPS sounders.
    48. 48. The GPS sounders helped the fishers to find fish.
    49. 49. While at the same time the authorities could gather data on water depth, temperature and fisher movements.
    50. 50. Areas of community interest were mapped. This included where fishers went to sea or if there were saltwater crocodiles present.
    51. 51. Fish catch monitoring also took place in Timor-Leste, Cambodia and Sri Lanka.
    52. 52. Other important skills taught included how to carry out marine resource surveys.
    53. 53. These skills were put to use in the development of marine resource maps in the Philippines
    54. 54. As well as village regulations to manage local resources in Indonesia.
    55. 55. Transition slide 2. Reducing vulnerability of small- scale fishers and their families
    56. 56. Fishing remains the world’s most dangerous occupation.
    57. 57. RFLP therefore helped improve the safety of fishers at sea and the vulnerability of fishing communities it worked with.
    58. 58. Training and basic equipment such as life jackets were provided.
    59. 59. Rescue and safety techniques taught.
    60. 60. As were boat building and boat maintenance skills.
    61. 61. Boat building skills.
    62. 62. Basic first aid skills were especially popular with women who could put them to use in the home.
    63. 63. Outboard engine maintenance and repair skills were especially popular with fishers.
    64. 64. Being able to fix and maintain their engines enhances safety and their ability to fish and make money.
    65. 65. Navigation skills were taught.
    66. 66. Fishers were also helped to become ‘officially’ licensed in Viet Nam, Indonesia and Cambodia.
    67. 67. Women were involved in training to help encourage safer practices by husbands or brothers etc.
    68. 68. A variety of safety at sea awareness campaigns and materials were produced.
    69. 69. Leading and landing lights in Sri Lanka and Cambodia helped fishers return safely in the dark or bad weather.
    70. 70. Accident reporting systems were piloted in Indonesia, Cambodia and Viet Nam as well as Timor-Leste.
    71. 71. In Timor the system revealed the scale of deaths and injuries from saltwater crocodile attacks.
    72. 72. RFLP helped develop a National Plan of Action for Safety of Fishers and Vessels at Sea in Sri Lanka.
    73. 73. 16 people were rescued from a sinking boat in Timor-Leste when a phone kept dry in an RFLP-supplied ‘Aquapac’ was used to call for help. As a result of RFLP safety at sea activities there were a number of documented cases of lives being saved.
    74. 74. A fisher was also saved by an RFLP lifejacket when he was washed overboard. Saved in Sri Lanka – a diver put RFLP training to use when lost at sea.
    75. 75. TRANSITION SLIDE 3. Improving the quality of fishery products and market chains TRANSITION SLIDE
    76. 76. A wide range of actions to improve production techniques, product quality and marketing so as to boost fishers’ income from their efforts.
    77. 77. Hygiene and sanitation practices were improved through training, developing awareness raising material and
    78. 78. Post harvest losses were reduced and incomes enhanced through the provision of ice boxes and aerators in Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam.
    79. 79. In Indonesia motorcycle cool boxes allowed fisheries products to be transported more hygienically, economically and over longer distances.
    80. 80. Capacity building took place to improve product quality in all six RFLP countries.
    81. 81. Producers were trained in new techniques and gained certification.
    82. 82. Better processes, product quality, packaging, certification and marketing all led to increased sales and income.
    83. 83. Direct marketing efforts boosted sales of fisheries products in Viet Nam.
    84. 84. Participation in provincial and national trade shows in Indonesia drove sales and boosted confidence of producers.
    85. 85. Beach access paths in Sri Lanka resulted in a considerable increase in income for fishers by facilitating access for more buyers.
    86. 86. Thuan An port in Viet Nam’s Thua Thien Hue province was renovated to enhance hygiene standards.
    87. 87. Hygiene and management levels at Oeba fish landing centre in Kupang, Indonesia were enhanced following an intense participatory process.
    88. 88. Previously unused fish landing centers in Timor-Leste were also given a new lease of life.
    89. 89. They became centers for data collection and sharing, and ice production.
    90. 90. They were also used for training events so as to make them more relevant to the community.
    91. 91. 4. Strengthening livelihoods TRANSITION SLIDE
    92. 92. Approximately 40 different livelihoods initiatives were launched by RFLP.
    93. 93. These will enhance income opportunities for participants while potentially contributing to reduced pressure on natural resources.
    94. 94. A significant amount of community consultation took place to identify potential livelihoods options.
    95. 95. Considerable emphasis was also placed on building business planning and management skills before livelihoods actions were launched.
    96. 96. Examples of RFLP livelihoods actions include… Sewing skills in the Philippines
    97. 97. With groups trained to make bags, hats and underwear.
    98. 98. Handicrafts in Sri Lanka
    99. 99. Small-scale aquaculture in Indonesia
    100. 100. Support to a National Aquaculture Development Strategy in Timor-Leste. New Zealand will fund the first implementation phase.
    101. 101. Vocational training – IT skills in Sri Lanka
    102. 102. Hairdressing and beauty culture were taught in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines.
    103. 103. Fibre glass products were made in Indonesia.
    104. 104. Indonesian youth also learned IT repair skills.
    105. 105. …and how to fix engines.
    106. 106. Fisher wives in the Philippines were supported to launch a fishing product supply store.
    107. 107. A boat removal and repair facility was constructed in Cambodia.
    108. 108. Fishers trained in engine repair in Timor-Leste also launched small workshops.
    109. 109. Various fish-based and non- fish based food products were produced for sale.
    110. 110. In Sri Lanka a coconut oil production facility became operational.
    111. 111. As did a coir products production centre.
    112. 112. Rice banks were built and launched in Cambodia.
    113. 113. These help farmer/fishers borrow rice when they need it as well as offer affordable loans.
    114. 114. Pig raising was supported in Viet Nam often in conjunction with biogas facilities.
    115. 115. Chicken raising was successful in Viet Nam and Cambodia.
    116. 116. Home gardens in Sri Lanka provided fisher families with financial and nutritional benefits.
    117. 117. Fisher families in Sri Lanka also tried their hand at dairy farming.
    118. 118. Sand leeks were grown in Viet Nam.
    119. 119. And seaweed farming techniques improved in Indonesia.
    120. 120. Biogas introduced in Viet Nam and Indonesia helps fisher families spend less on kerosene, reduces time spent looking for wood and also helps clean the environment by using animal waste etc.
    121. 121. 5. RFLP boosted financial literacy and access to micro-finance services. TRANSITION SLIDE
    122. 122. Emphasis was placed on raising basic financial literacy in all RFLP countries.
    123. 123. Significant progress was made in Sri Lanka.
    124. 124. Sri Lankan fisheries societies were helped to operate more efficiently and more professionally.
    125. 125. As a result the government requested replication of RFLP’s micro-finance strategy for fishers nationwide.
    126. 126. Community-based savings groups also boosted membership in Cambodia following RFLP training.
    127. 127. 6. Sharing knowledge between RFLP countries and other interested stakeholders TRANSITION SLIDE
    128. 128. RFLP gathered information on its activities and produced a wide range of knowledge sharing materials
    129. 129. These included advisory and lessons learned notes.
    130. 130. Publications
    131. 131. Case studies
    132. 132. Newsletters
    133. 133. RFLP also contributed to regional policy dialogue through participation in regional fisheries workshops and events and publication of policy papers.
    134. 134. TRANSITION SLIDE Gender mainstreaming
    135. 135. Gender analysis took place and a specific gender strategy was developed. RFLP sought to mainstream gender in all its activities.
    136. 136. Approx 38% of participants in RFLP capacity building activities were women.
    137. 137. RFLP successfully increased the membership and involvement of women in management bodies such as Fisheries Associations in Viet Nam.
    138. 138. Changes to Sri Lanka’s Fisheries Act mean that women can now sit on co-management bodies.
    139. 139. Seats on the Fish Finance Network Association board of directors in Sri Lanka were set aside for women.
    140. 140. Women also became signatories to Tara Bandu in Timor-Leste in a symbolic step.
    141. 141. Transition slide
    142. 142. RFLP would like to extend its thanks to the Kingdom of Spain and all those who have supported and participated in its activities. Their contribution has been vital to the programme’s success!
    143. 143. Thank you for your attention!
    144. 144. Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme for South and Southeast Asia www.rflp.org

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